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Buffalo woman convicted of ID theft sentenced

A Buffalo woman who conspired with others to use stolen credit cards at local retail stores was sentenced Thursday to 34 months in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Teria Baker, also known as Tiara Baker, 25, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to pay $143,000 in restitution, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney MaryEllen Kresse, who handled the case, from October to December 2013, Baker and others traveled to Walmart stores and other retail establishments in Western New York where they made purchases using unauthorized credit cards.

The cards were obtained without the true account holders’ knowledge or authority, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Baker and those with whom she conspired purchased $500 store gift cards and other merchandise totaling in excess of $160,000, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Secret Service.

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