AUGUSTA — A New York woman pleaded guilty Thursday to charges relating to a credit card scam, and similar charges against her brother were dismissed as part of a plea agreement with the prosecutor’s office.

Nelcie Souffrant, 25, of Hempstead, New York, was charged with theft by receiving stolen property, misuse of ID, and resisting arrest in a case in which stolen credit cards were being used to buy about $8,000 in gift cards at Rite Aid stores in Waterville and in Bangor.

On Thursday at the Capital Judicial Center, Souffrant pleaded guilty and received a 10-month deferred disposition on the felony theft charge. If she meets the terms of the agreement with the state, that charge will be dismissed. Conditions include paying a $25-per-month supervision fee and a prohibition on her returning to the property or business of any Rite Aid in Maine. A charge of theft by deception was dismissed in exchange for her pleas.

Her next court date is June 9, 2016. After that hearing, she is to report to jail to serve the 30-day sentence she received on the two misdemeanor charges.

Assistant District Attorney Francis Griffin Jr. said an employee of Rite Aid in Waterville called Waterville police April 1 to say a woman was running several credit cards at the same time and buying large amounts of gift cards at the store. He also told police the company had sent out a warning for stores to be alert to that type of behavior since something similar had occurred at the Bangor location.

Griffin said Waterville police Officer Scott Dumas approached the woman as she was leaving the store, and she ran away and tried to jump over a fence. He said police also found Nickson Souffrant, 26, also of Hempstead, New York, sitting nearby in a rental car.

Both Souffrants were arrested. Nickson Souffrant was charged with theft by receiving stolen property, misuse of identification and theft by deception. Those charges were all dismissed Thursday and his bail was returned.

He was represented by Walter McKee, who said afterward that his client apparently had been charged as an accomplice.

“It was pretty clear to all involved early on that Nickson just had no idea what was happening here,” McKee said. “The complete dismissal of the charges against him reflects that.”

Police obtained a search warrant and located $8,000 worth of gift cards and 57 stolen credit cards.

“Each one of the 57 belonged to a different person,” Griffin told Justice Robert Mullen. Griffin said the people were living in various locations from South America to Canada. He said the cards had been altered, and the name on the magnetic strip was inconsistent with the name on the front of the card.

Souffrant’s defense attorney, Brad Grant, urged the judge to accept the plea deal, saying, “This was clearly a difficult case to prove.”

Grant said the state would have had to bring in the individuals who were named as owners of those cards plus representatives from various banks to testify in the case.

He also told the judge that Souffrant “is really a gifted and talented young lady” who made a bad decision. He said she is enrolled in college.

Souffrant herself said only “guilty” in response to the charges and later disputed the prosecutor’s version of events. She told the judge, “When officers approached me, I was still inside Rite Aid, not outside.”

Mullen said he had heard in chambers about what Souffrant was doing with her life.

“That makes what happened here all the more confusing to me,” he said. “I hope you don’t let anyone down by not following through on this.”

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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