Probation for Urbana woman involved in gift card scheme

Probation for Urbana woman involved in gift card scheme

URBANA — Another woman who admitted her role in a gift card theft scheme from a local box store has been sentenced to probation.

Lakeya Miller, 30, who listed an address in the 400 block of Glenn Drive, Urbana, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Tom Difanis to theft over $10,000.

Miller admitted that she was one of a group of women responsible for stealing several thousand dollars worth of gift cards and merchandise from Target, 2102 N. Prospect Ave., C, between Dec. 13 and Jan. 3.

Assistant State's Attorney Kristin Alferink negotiated a plea to two years of second-chance probation for Miller, who also has to perform 30 hours of public service.

That was the same sentence imposed in early March on Dejajuana Poke, 21, of Savoy, when she pleaded guilty to theft over $10,000.

A third woman pleaded guilty to theft over $10,000 in March for a sentence of two years of regular probation; the cases of two others are unresolved.

A Champaign police report indicated that Poke was employed as a seasonal cashier at Target and was accepting counterfeit motion picture bills from the women, who took about $13,176 worth of gift cards and merchandise from the store in December.

The women who have already pleaded guilty have been ordered to make restitution.

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