California Woman Sentenced for Identity Theft and Bank Fraud in Boise
BOISE – Janelyn Dasig, 27, of San Francisco, California, was sentenced in United States District Court in Boise today to 48 months in federal prison for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge ordered Dasig to serve five years of supervised release following her prison term and pay $18,300 in restitution to the victims.
Dasig pleaded guilty on September 14, 2011. According to the plea agreement, Dasig entered Wells Fargo bank branches located in Boise, Eagle and Nampa, Idaho, on four separate occasions in January 2011 and impersonated bank customers by presenting false identification showing her picture, but having a genuine customer's name. Dasig used the customers' account numbers to withdraw approximately $18,300. After the fraud was detected, law enforcement authorities contacted the bank customers, who confirmed Dasig was unknown to them and had no authority to withdraw funds from their accounts.
“Identity theft disrupts lives, creates financial havoc and causes undue emotional stress for victims,” said Olson. “Those who commit this crime, like Ms. Dasig, will be prosecuted and punished. I commend the cooperative efforts of the Secret Service, Boise Police Department and Wells Fargo Bank for stopping this ring of identity thieves in their tracks.”
Dasig was arrested on January 13, 2011, near a Wells Fargo Bank on Eagle Road. In her possession was an envelope containing two valid Wells Fargo account numbers belonging to bank customers. At the time of her arrest, Dasig was accompanied by another woman, Luisa Lamonthe, who had attempted to impersonate a customer at that bank. Lamonthe, 29, of Oakland, California, was charged in a separate indictment with a male co-defendant, Justine Lawrenz Lingatong, 24, of Carson, California. Lamonthe pled guilty on November 9 to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. She is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Lodge on January 23, 2012. Lingatong was arraigned in federal court on November 28. His jury trial is set to begin on January 24.
Bank fraud carries a maximum punishment of up to 30 years in prison, a fine up to $1 million, and up to five years supervised release. Aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory minimum term of two years in prison, consecutive to other counts, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a term of supervised release for up to one year.
The case was investigated by U.S. Secret Service and the Boise Police Department, with assistance from Wells Fargo.
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