FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – A woman accused of stealing credit card information from customers checking out at a local Kohl’s department store has pleaded guilty to aiding fraud and theft.
Niakia Baker had been scheduled for her next court appearance on Thursday. However, records reviewed by Fort Wayne’s NBC show she agreed to the plea deal last week.
Baker admitted to two felony counts in the deal.
The agreement calls for a sentence of one year in jail, with another year-and-a-half suspended. Documents suggest the Court may also impose a fine and Court costs it deems proper.
Baker was arrested after the most recent holiday shopping season when security at the Kohl’s located in the Northcrest Shopping Center flagged several transactions at the register she tended to.
Surveillance video showed Baker ringing up purchases, then texting someone from her personal phone. A short time later, a man — sometimes accompanied by a woman — would come into the store, then purchase gift cards at Baker’s register.
Investigators determined that Baker used credit card numbers from her customers to make those purchases. After the transactions, Baker would additionally receive “Kohl’s Cash” through a rewards program, spending that on merchandise, as well.