New Jersey Woman Imprisoned for Social Engineering Credit Card Theft

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Melody Macken, 50, of Irvington, N.J., was recently sentenced to 84 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for using stolen credit card numers to buy $133,000 worth of high-end merchandise.

Macken, who had previously pled guilty, was also ordered to pay $147,592 to retailers impacted by her activities.

According to court documents, from February 2010 to November 2011, Macken acquired credit card numbers by calling retailers and customers and pretending to be a store employee.

Using those stolen credit card numbers along with other personal identification information, Macken then purchased items with a total value of more than $133,000, including mattresses, appliances, electronics, luxury apparel, accessories and shoes.

Macken's sentence was lengthened due to the fact that she committed a similar crime while out on bail, months after entering her guilty plea.