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Using stolen card nets 3-year term

A man involved in a small group of credit card thieves received a three-year prison sentence Friday.

Jeffrey Hargis, 30, had been charged with felony corrupt business influence after video surveillance captured images of people committing credit card fraud April 16 at Meijer, 5909 Illinois Road.

Hargis eventually pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement with Allen County prosecutors.

Kristi Cooper, 30, sentenced to four years in prison in the case, told police that Hargis and another man broke into a vehicle and stole a credit card that she used to buy $200 worth of gift cards at Meijer. Cooper also said she and Hargis, her boyfriend, used the card to buy fuel in Auburn, according to court papers.

Investigators linked Hargis, of the 2400 block of Strathmore Drive, to several other crimes in the area. A judge sentenced Hargis to six years in prison but suspended half of that during his sentencing hearing Friday.