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Identify Thief From Harlem, Geogia
Sentenced To Almost 4 Years In Federal Prison

April 12, 2012

AUGUSTA, GA: REGINA BEARD, age 43, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Court Judge J. Randal Hall to 46 months imprisonment based on her previously entered guilty plea to bank fraud. At the conclusion of the sentencing hearing, BEARD was taken into custody to immediately begin serving her sentence.

Evidence presented at hearings in this case showed that BEARD was the manager of a restaurant in Evans, Georgia where she stole the identity of a waitress and used it to fraudulently apply for loans so that BEARD’s son could attend college. BEARD did not repay the student loans. The victim stated in court yesterday that she was working the extra job as a waitress so that she could help her own children attend college, but that due to the harm caused to her credit, the victim was recently unable to co-sign on her own child’s student loan.

United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said, “There is no justification for taking what, by law, you do not own. Regina Beard’s unlawful actions will have a long lasting negative impact on two families. The theft of the identity of an innocent citizen inflicts severe and irreparable harm to the individual and to our nation’s financial institutions. Those responsible should suffer harsh punishment and stiff penalties. The United States Attorney’s office will continue to work hand in hand with federal and local law enforcement to see that identity thieves serve hard time.”

In addition to her prison sentence, BEARD was ordered to pay $52,969 as restitution, as well as serve five years of supervised release after she is released from prison. Regarding the length of the prison sentences, Tarver noted that there is no parole in the federal system.

U.S. Attorney Tarver commended the investigative effort of FBI Special Agent Jason Gustin. Assistant United States Attorney David Stewart was the prosecutor in this case. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.



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