Saturday, September 26, 2009

Woman sentenced in ID theft

BALTIMORE — Federal prosecutors say a woman who worked as a claims clerk for medical insurance adjuster has been sentenced to five years in prison on an identity theft charge.

Thirty-year-old Shanell Bowser of Baltimore was also ordered at sentencing on Friday to pay more than $200,000 in restitution to the victims of the scheme.

Prosecutors say Bowser, in her job, got access to names, Social Security numbers and other personal information from clients of her employer and a local health care provider. According to court documents, Bowser and her conspirators fraudulently obtained credit and withdrew cash from ATM machines and bought clothes, electronics and phone service.

Prosecutors say at least 125 fraudulent accounts were opened and used to make purchases in the names of 89 people during the three-year scheme.
SF Examiner

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