- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - Two women have been sentenced for using counterfeit checks to buy nearly half a million dollars in gift cards from Target.

Twenty-eight-year-old Nichelle Nicole Rogers of Washington, D.C., was received more than 4 years in prison. Twenty-eight-year-old Ebony Nicole Ruffin of District Heights, Maryland, got more than 2 years in prison. Both were sentenced Monday in federal court in Greenbelt, and were each ordered to forfeit and pay $485,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say Rogers and Ruffin used counterfeit personal checks and false identification to get gift cards and merchandise from Target stores in several states.

Prosecutors say the women used the gift cards to buy items from Target and other retailers, and later return the merchandise for cash.

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