By Monica Land
JACKSON – A former Jackson State University student has pleaded guilty in connection with a federal credit card scam case. Twenty-two-year-old Ashley Dover, of Riverdale, Ill., pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, but changed her plea to guilty during a hearing Thursday, July 5, in U.S. District Court.
Dover’s attorney Kevin Camp said instead of waiting for the case to go to a grand jury, Dover skipped that process and entered a plea to a bill of information.
Dover and three other women: Olivia Ray, 20, of Chicago; Kieariah Collins, 20, of Champaign, Ill., and Tashanna Toler, 18, of Maywood, Ill., were arrested by the Flowood Police Department in March. The women were accused of creating fake credit cards with a machine inside Dover’s dorm room. Officials say the women used the credit cards to buy more than $25,000 in merchandise.
Police learned of the scam when victims as far away as North Carolina began to lodge complaints.
Authorities said several cards with stolen credit card numbers were used in retail stores around Flowood.
The four women were arrested as they attempted to leave the Target store in Flowood.
When police learned that Dover lived on the JSU campus, they executed a search warrant and allegedly recovered an embossing and tipping machine used for making credit cards.
The four women were initially held in the Rankin County jail on a $450,000 bond and charged with identity theft and credit card fraud.
Dover will be sentenced in September. The other three cases are reportedly pending.