Credit Card “Snake” to be Sentenced This Week

Credit Card “Snake” to be Sentenced This Week

January 14, 2013         Written By Bill Hardekopf

Sentencing will take place this week for the man convicted of slithering on movie theater floors and stealing credit cards from women’s purses.

Anthony Johnson, 49, was convicted by a jury in a Connecticut district court on October 23 on seven counts of using stolen credit cards and two counts of identity theft.

One of Johnson’s accomplices, Jamie Lynn McGowan, testified against him, saying he would slither “like a snake” on the floor during movies and steal the credit cards from partially-opened purses. He would then leave the theater and create a fake ID using McGowan’s or another accomplice’s photograph. They would test the card by charging a small amount at a gas station. If that transaction went through, they would charge thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and gift cards. The gift cards would be sold at a discount.

“A good weekend was $50,000 to $70,000,” McGowan told the jury. “$30,000 to $40,000 was a bad weekend.”

McGowan, 25, was sentenced last week to 18 months in jail and an additional three years of supervised release for her part in the crimes.

Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in Hartford.

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