Hammond Woman Gets 70 Months After Federal Identity Theft Trial

“The fraud scheme involved the theft of medical forms, photostatic copies of driver’s licenses and state identification cards, Medicare cards, and other documents from a medical facility located in Illinois” U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch

February 15, 2017-A Hammond woman was sentenced 70 months in federal prison yesterday after a jury convicted her in a “scheme involv[ing] the theft of medical forms, photostatic copies of driver’s licenses and state identification cards, Medicare cards, and other documents from a medical facility located in Illinois.” According to United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch, “The documents contained the names, dates of birth, social security numbers, checking accounts, credit card accounts, and Medicare card numbers of the victims including children. The fraud scheme involved opening fraudulent credit card, bank, and retail accounts on-line as well as utilities in the names of the victims. As part of the scheme, Young added herself as an authorized user on existing accounts of the victims. Young opened the accounts without the knowledge, authority, or permission of the victims” according to US Attorney Thomas Kirsch.

The case was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Toi Denise Houston.

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