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Thursday, May 09, 2019 1:00 am

Kohl's cashier admits credit card data theft

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne woman admitted to stealing customers' credit card numbers at a local Kohl's store and passing them off to another person, who used the information to buy gift cards.

Niakia L. Baker, 25, was a cashier at the store and stole credit card numbers at least four times last year, according to court documents filed in January.

She pleaded guilty Monday in Allen Superior Court to aiding fraud and theft. A plea agreement filed last week calls for her to spend a year in prison.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 23.

Investigators said the store flagged several transactions, and customers began calling with complaints about charges. The store's loss prevention officer reviewed surveillance video, which showed customers moving through Baker's line, a probable cause affidavit alleged.

“Shortly after, she would be seen texting on her phone,” and not long after that, a man would come into the store and to Baker's register, detectives said.

Police said the unidentified man bought gift cards with credit card numbers taken from customers who had visited Baker's line.

mleblanc@jg.net