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Pa. woman sentenced in theft case

September 21, 2006

A Waynesboro, Pa., woman accused of racking up more than $40,000 in charges on credit cards and bank cards belonging to someone else was sentenced to three years probation Wednesday, according to Washington County District Court documents.

Lisa Kay Smith, 51, of 25 S. Potomac St., pleaded guilty to four charges of forgery. Thirty-two other charges, including counts of unauthorized use of credit cards, theft and uttering, were dropped.

According to a statement of charges, Smith was accused of drawing on six accounts, writing checks from one account to pay another account and writing checks for cash out of the accounts. All of the accounts were opened in the name of a 78-year-old Hagerstown man who told police he had not given anyone permission to use the cards.

Smith told police she wrote a letter to MBNA, one of the credit card companies, to say that the victim was not responsible for the debt. As a former Citibank employee, Smith told police she believed MBNA would not contact the victim about the debt, the charging document states.

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According to her sentence, Smith must pay back Citigroup Investment Services $9,674.09 by March 1, 2008.

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