Champaign man gets 3 years for stealing woman's info to make credit card

Champaign man gets 3 years for stealing woman's info to make credit card

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he stole a woman's identity to make a credit card with her information on it has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Damonta Little, 25, whose last known address was in the 400 block of Edgebrook Drive, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Judge Roger Webber to identity theft.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson said on Jan. 17, Urbana police, at the request of Little's parole agent, searched his apartment and found a credit-card coder and blank cards.

Checking the magnetic strips on some, they uncovered the personal information of people who had not given Little permission to have it.

Urbana police learned that Little worked at a Champaign restaurant where he had access to patrons' credit cards. On his computer, police found pictures of cards belonging to others.

Little was arrested in April and was given credit on his sentence for 77 days already served.

He faced an extended term for the Class 3 felony because of a prior conviction for unlawful use of a credit card. He was on probation for that at the time of his arrest. That probation was terminated unsuccessfully as part of his plea agreement. Another misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property was also dismissed.

Department of Corrections records show Little had other convictions for aggravated robbery and unlawful use of a weapon.

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