By NIKKI YOUNK
MARINETTE, Wis. - A Niagara, Wis. woman has been sentenced to serve five months in the Marinette County Jail for credit card fraud against an elderly resident.
Shannon L. Holmes, 37, will also serve three years of probation, during which she must pay restitution, maintain employment, and not have any contact with the victim or the victim's family.
If she does not successfully comply with the terms of her probation, she will have to serve four years in prison followed by two years of extended supervision.
Holmes was charged in April with six felony counts of misappropriation of identification information to obtain money, one misdemeanor count of credit card theft, and one misdemeanor count of credit card forgery.
Pursuant to a plea deal, Holmes agreed to plead guilty to two of the felony counts. The other six counts were dismissed, but read in for restitution purposes.
The charges stem from a November 2011 incident in Niagara.
According to the Niagara Police Department, Holmes was working as a caregiver to the victim when she made unauthorized purchases on the victim's credit card.
Further investigation revealed that Holmes stole another credit card from the victim's residence and used the victim's personal information to create four additional credit card accounts. Holmes then made unauthorized purchases on all six credit cards.
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