Longs woman ordered to prison, to pay $1 million back to Myrtle Beach employer

11/09/2012 7:28 AM

11/09/2012 3:53 PM

A Longs woman was sentenced Thursday to nearly seven years in prison, three years probation and ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution to a beachwear store after she pleaded guilty to identity theft in federal court earlier this year, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Shawna Michelle, Holmes, 36, pled guilty in April in federal court in Florence to charges of using unauthorized access device and aggravated identity theft. On Thursday U.S. District Judge R. Bryan Harwell sentenced her to 81 months in prison, three years supervised release and ordered her to pay $1,169,909.50 in restitution, according to a news release.

From August 2006 to September 2010, Holmes worked for Bargain Beachwear in Myrtle Beach, and officials said she used eight of Bargain Beachwear’s credit cards and a credit card of one of its co-owners without authorization causing more than $1 million in losses, according to the release.

Holmes also added her name to the credit cards and then made charges for personal items including 10 vehicles, a health club membership, and her husband’s taxes, according to the release. Holmes altered Bargain Beachwear’s records to make it appear the charges were for purchases of inventory.

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