Credit card use brings probation

Credit card use brings probation

URBANA — A Chicago man who admitted using fake credit cards to obtain goods from a Champaign store has been sentenced to probation.

Judge Harry Clem on Thursday sentenced Charles Tucker, 27, to 30 months of probation and 50 hours of public service.

Tucker pleaded guilty in December to unlawful use of credit card, admitting that on Dec. 30, 2011, that he was with two other men who were in the Walmart store on North Prospect Avenue using credit cards to obtain an iPad and gift cards totaling more than $300.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson said at the time of Tucker's plea that the men were stopped by police that day after having tried to use five different credit cards — all of which were declined — at the Target store to buy gift cards.

Police found several credit cards with Tucker's name on them as well as iPhones, iPads and gift cards, including one iPad that had been purchased earlier in the day from Walmart.

Larson said the men told police they bought the fake credit cards in Chicago.

Co-defendant Derrick Boyd, 26, of Chicago, earlier pleaded guilty to obstructing justice in return for a sentence of 18 months of probation.

Bobby Morton, 37, of Chicago, was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary.