GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Two women have been sentenced for using counterfeit checks to buy nearly half a million dollars in gift cards from Target.

Twenty-eight-year-old Nichelle Nicole Rogers of Washington, D.C., was received more than 4 years in prison. Twenty-eight-year-old Ebony Nicole Ruffin of District Heights, Maryland, got more than 2 years in prison. Both were sentenced Monday in federal court in Greenbelt, and were each ordered to forfeit and pay $485,000 in restitution.

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Prosecutors say Rogers and Ruffin used counterfeit personal checks and false identification to get gift cards and merchandise from Target stores in several states.

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Prosecutors say the women used the gift cards to buy items from Target and other retailers, and later return the merchandise for cash.

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