URBANA — A Chicago man was sentenced to prison Thursday for his role in using forged credit cards to obtain merchandise and gift cards from Champaign stores about a year ago; a co-defendant pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.
Bobby Morton, 37, pleaded guilty to burglary for a six-year prison sentence while Charles Tucker 27, pleaded guilty to unlawful use of credit card. He will be sentenced Jan. 25 by Judge Harry Clem.
Morton admitted that on Dec. 30, 2011, he went in the Target store, 2102 N. Prospect Ave., C, intending to steal.
Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson said Morton and Tucker were at the store trying to use five different credit cards, all of which were declined, to buy merchandise and gift cards. They left and Target officials contacted police, who were present when the pair returned to the store a couple of hours later.
At that time, police searched their car and found two iPhones, six iPads, and a dozen gift cards from various stores. Larson said one of the iPads had been purchased earlier that day from the Walmart store on North Prospect.
Police learned that the credit cards were forgeries.
Tucker pleaded guilty to a less serious charge of unlawful use of credit card for using one of the fake cards to obtain merchandise from Walmart. He faces penalties ranging from probation to two to five years in prison.
Morton had to be sentenced to prison because of prior convictions, including one for delivery of a controlled substance. Judge Harry Clem allowed Morton to turn himself in on Dec. 26 to begin serving his sentence.