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The Sacramento County, Calif., Sheriff's Department has charged six women arrested between December and April with 180 felony counts for their alleged participation in an international credit card-fraud scheme, the department announced last week. Together, the women spent more than $1 million over six months using more than 400 stolen card numbers, authorities allege. Authorities also say the women wired more than $120,000 to Eastern Europe, including Ukraine and Russia. The group allegedly used counterfeit cards to purchase gift cards and merchandise at discount and high-end stores, including Target, Wal-Mart, Nordstrom and Best Buy, primarily along Interstate 80 between San Francisco and Sacramento. Police arrested the first two suspects, Shanna Louise "Shilo" Cross and Dawn Edward, at a Target store in Sacramento, Calif., on Dec. 30 for allegedly purchasing gift cards and merchandise with credit cards fraudulently opened under other consumers' names. Investigators say the women possessed payment cards tied to more than $120,000 in fraudulent purchases. In January, a task force of 33 local, state and federal law-enforcement agencies began investigating the women's alleged participation in a wider fraud ring. Police arrested four other women from January through April, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Identity Theft Task Force. The department says police recovered an estimated $80,000 in merchandise and seized more than $45,000 in U.S. currency from the women's apartments and storage units. Three of the suspects have pleaded guilty and received jail sentences ranging from four to six years.

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