Austell woman convicted of forgery
December 05, 2013 11:54 PM | 2161 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An Austell woman has been convicted of six counts of identity fraud and four counts of financial transaction card fraud after just 20 minutes of deliberation Wednesday.

Miesha Sanyell Hunter, also known as Miesha Sanyell Perdue, 31, used cloned credit cards at Target and Wal-mart stores in Cobb, Douglas and Fulton counties in May 2012.

Though the cloned cards had the name of co-defendant Alphonsus Idiku, 35, of Kennesaw, on them, charges were billed to accounts of several victims, including a Smyrna resident.

Idiku was convicted on the same charges Oct. 23. He is serving a six-year prison sentence and will be deported to Nigeria following his time in prison.

A prosecutor called the case “a window into a larger and more sophisticated forgery scheme.”

“To this day, we don’t know how they got the victims’ information. The victims’ cards never left their wallets,” said Assistant District Attorney Hannah Palmquist.

Sentencing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 19 before Superior Court Judge Jim Bodiford. Prosecutors plan to ask for 15 years, with six years to serve and the rest on probation.

— From staff reports
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