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Pair Face Prison For “Skimming” Credit Cards At Metro East Eatery

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) –  Two woman could get up to 10 years in prison each after admitting their role in ripping off vital information while processing customer credit cards at the restaurant where they both worked.

During an appearance in federal court in East St. Louis, 22-year-old Shadwonna Bausily of Alton admitted that she was talked into taking part in a scam while she was working as a hostess at Amarillo Tex’s Steakhouse and Saloon in Alton in 2010.

She pleaded guilty to running customer credit cards through a “skimmer”, a small device capable of capturing credit card numbers and account information.

Eventually Bausily recruited 32-year-old waitress Jamie Lynn Erwin of Glen Carbon into doing the same thing, and the two would later turned the information over to three other people who transferred it onto pre-paid credit cards and go on shopping sprees in St. Louis.

Bausily and Erwin each face up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to a quarter-million dollars when they’re sentenced in September.

Three others have already been sentenced for their roles in the scheme.

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