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Gainesville Woman Indicted On Identity Theft And Fraud Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2012

Jacksonville, FL - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces the return of a multi-count indictment against Regina Ward (31, Gainesville) charging her with identity theft, fraud against the United States, and Treasury check fraud.  If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of up to ten years’ imprisonment on counts 1-6 of the indictment, up to five years’ imprisonment on counts 7-11, and up to fifteen years’ imprisonment on count 12.  Ward was arrested on a federal warrant while in state custody.

According to the indictment, Ward is charged with retaining stolen United States Treasury checks, exchanging and attempting to exchange stolen Treasury checks, transferring the names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth of five individuals and possessing five or more identities, to include Social Security numbers.  

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

The case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelly S. Karase.

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