Miesha Hunter (l) and Alphonsus Idiku
COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two Cobb County residents have been found guilty of participating in an elaborate forgery ring.
Alphonsus Idiku, 35, of Kennesaw was convicted Oct. 23 and sentenced to six years in prison. He will be deported to Nigeria after completing his sentence.
On Wednesday, 31-year-old Miesha Sanyell Hunter of Austell was convicted by a Cobb County jury.
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Both defendants were charged with six counts of identity fraud and four counts of financial transaction card fraud for their part in what Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Hannah Palmquist called "a window into a larger and more sophisticated forgery scheme."
Palmquist said the defendants created fake credit cards in Idiku's name and used them at Walmart and Target stores in Cobb, Douglas and Fulton counties. They billed the charges to several victims, including a Smyrna resident.
"To this day, we don't know how they got the victims' information," Palmquist said. "The victims' cards never left their wallets."
Hunter will be sentenced on Dec. 19. Palmquist asked a Cobb County Superior Court judge to give her 15 years.