Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ID Theft Ring Sentenced

Adrienne Pritchett and Jamille Ferguson, members of an identity theft ring have been sentenced to 57 and 36 months in prison, respectively. They have also agreed to pay full restitution to their victims.

According to court documents, Pritchett stole the identities of more than 450 clients of her employer, an insurance provider catering to employees of the U.S. Department of State, Department of Defense, and Agency for International Development, many of whom are stationed overseas. Pritchett’s boyfriend, co-defendant Christopher Bush, used the stolen identities to make fraudulent driver’s licenses. Members of the theft ring, including Ferguson, used the fraudulent driver’s licenses to open credit lines at retailers and obtain merchandise and gift cards at victims’ expense. On several occasions, Pritchett sold this stolen merchandise to her colleagues.

"Pritchett stole the identities of more than 450 clients of her employer, an insurance provider catering to employees of the U.S. Department of State, Department of Defense, and Agency for International Development, many of whom are stationed overseas." - U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia
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Sources:
(a) Follow-up: Two Members Of Identity Theft Ring Targeting Government Employees Sentenced - www.databreaches.net, 01/14/2014

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