Admitted gang member gets suspended sentence in credit card fraud

The first of five defendants accused of taking more than $60,000 at two casinos by using stolen credit cards received a suspended sentence. The man from Floosmoor, Illinois, 25-year-old Timothy Smith, took a plea deal that keeps him out of prison if he doesn’t get into more legal trouble and keeps up with the terms of his probation. Smith told the court before sentencing he was trying to get out of Chicago, life was dangerous and he was involved in gangs when he tried to get out. The prosecutor said the man used stolen credit card numbers to get cash advances at two casinos in Anderson and Shelbyville.