3 NJ residents plead guilty in Va. cigarette case

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — Three New Jersey residents have pleaded guilty in Virginia to charges stemming from a cigarette smuggling scheme.

The Free Lance-Star (http://bit.ly/1vOX1ts ) reports that 38-year-old Xochilt Williams and 44-year-old Mark Briscoe, both of Willingboro, New Jersey, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Stafford Circuit Court to racketeering, credit card forgery and credit card theft. Each is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 11.

Nineteen-year-old Xavier Mussenden, also of Willingboro, pleaded guilty to credit card fraud and received a suspended sentence.

Co-defendant Frederick Bryant of Burlington Township, New Jersey, pleaded guilty in June to credit card theft. Bryant was released on time served.

Prosecutors say Mussenden told police that the group traveled to Virginia to buy cigarettes with stolen credit information. The cigarettes were sold in New York and New Jersey.

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Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/

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