Friday, June 29, 2012

Government Worker Pleads Guilty to $2 Million Identity Theft

A receptionist for the Minnesota Board of Psychology pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft that resulted in $2 million in fraudulent purchases and bank withdrawals.

She misused her access to psychologists' personal information to steal Social Security numbers and bank account data between August and November of 2010.
The personal information was used it to commit identity theft at financial institutions and retail businesses in no fewer than 14 states. - Minnesota U.S. Attorney’s Office Press Release
She was reprimanded in 2010 for inappropriate use of electronic technology, but it was not until March 2011 that she was the subject of a two-month "employee misconduct investigation".

Her plea deal involves up to six years in prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. She also agreed to make restitution of $358,780 to the victims.
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Sources:
(a) St. Paul woman pleads guilty to role in large, multi-state identity theft ring - Minnesota U.S. Attorney’s Office Press Release, June 21, 2012

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