NY women plead to shopping with fake credit cards

CONCORD – Two New York women pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal charges that they used counterfeit credit cards during a shopping spree in Nashua, Bedford, Londonderry, Manchester and Concord.

Latavia Hassan, 33, of Mastic, and Chantel Lightner, 26, of Wyandanch, each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to use counterfeit credit cards. The women were arrested in April in Concord, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Hassan and Lightner reportedly made 24 trips to T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods in the various towns, buying store gift cards and other items with the counterfeit credit cards, according to the statement. They reportedly accumulated $18,000 worth of merchandise, including the gift cards.

Officers with the Concord Police Department recovered the counterfeit cards, as well as the stolen gift cards and merchandise, following attempts by the two women to purchase items from a store in the capital city. Concord police and the FBI conducted the investigation.

The women are to be sentenced on the charges in September.