Third person charged with bilking Price Chopper stores

A third person has been arrested in connection with a scam that prosecutors say bilked Price Chopper

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A third person has been arrested in connection with a scam that prosecutors say bilked Price Chopper stores in the Northeast out of at least $435,000, according to newly filed federal court documents.

The scam dates to 2012 and early 2013 and included forged credit cards being used to purchase thousands of dollars in gift cards. It included stores throughout the Schenectady-based grocer’s chain, including stores in Saratoga, Albany and Fulton counties. Two people were previously charged and have since pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Albany.

The third person was indicted last week on a total of six counts. That person was identified as Georgette Jackman, 37, a citizen of Guyana.

Jackman is accused of conspiring with co-defendants Jamese L. Williams and Terry R. Nicholas, both of Brooklyn. Williams and Nicholas have both admitted their roles and are awaiting sentencing. Jackman was originally charged in May. She is to be arraigned on the new indictment Thursday.

Documents filed in the other two cases indicate the total taken in the scam was $548,000.

In one instance, Jackman is accused of providing Williams with a series of counterfeit Discover cards that Williams tried to use at a Torrington, Connecticut Price Chopper in December 2012. Williams tried three of the cards, but they were declined. The fourth went through and the trio successfully made off with $16,900 in Sears and Home Depot gift cards.

Jackman is accused of doing the same with Nicholas. Nicholas tried and failed with three cards, then the fourth worked. That resulted in a $5,500 gift card purchase, the indictment reads.

A similar scenario played out at an Albany Price Chopper in January 2013, the indictment reads. Nicholas tried to use six counterfeit Discover cards, but they were declined. Williams then tried six other counterfeit cards, the sixth went through for a purchase of $9,600 in gift cards.

Jackman faces two counts of access device fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud, two counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of trafficking in a counterfeit access device.

Federal prosecutors are also seeking a money judgment against Jackman in the amount of $435,465.

Reach Gazette reporter Steven Cook at 395-3122, [email protected] or @ByStevenCook on Twitter.

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