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Stolen credit card user gets probation

A 46-year-old West St. Paul woman pleaded guilty to credit card fraud and was sentenced to probation after serving 41 days in the Washington County jail.

Michelle Margaret Robinette’s 19-month prison sentence was stayed, as long as she complies with the terms of supervised probation in Dakota County.

According to the complaint: 

In late 2013, Robinette made fraudulent purchases during a series of events at various locations in Minnesota.

She used a stolen credit card to purchase $1,050 of goods at Kohl’s Department Stores in Woodbury, Cottage Grove and Eagan. The Kohl’s credit card had been stolen from the mail, and police detailed five purchases she made at the local stores.

Eleven days later, Robinette was cited for theft at the Woodbury store. From previous visits with her and surveillance camera footage, police and Kohl’s theft prevention positively identified her as the user of the stolen card.