San Francisco Woman Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft and Bank Fraud
BOISE – Janelyn Dasig, 27, of San Francisco, California, pleaded guilty yesterday in United States District Court in Boise to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
According to the plea agreement, on four separate occasions in January 2011, Dasig entered Wells Fargo bank branches located in Boise, Eagle and Nampa. Dasig impersonated bank customers by presenting false identification showing Dasig's picture, but having a genuine customer's name. Dasig used the customers' account number to withdraw a total of 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.
Dasig was arrested on January 13, 2011, near a Wells Fargo on Eagle Road in the company of another woman who had attempted to impersonate a customer at that bank. That woman, and another man, face similar charges in a separate indictment. At the time of Dasig's arrest, law enforcement officers discovered an envelope containing two valid Wells Fargo account numbers on her person. Neither account number belonged to Dasig.
The charge of bank fraud is punishable by up to 30 years in prison, a maximum fine of $1 million, and five years supervised release.
The charge of aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory minimum of two years in prison, consecutive to the sentence imposed for bank fraud, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to one year of supervised release.
Sentencing is set for December 5, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise.
The case was investigated by U.S. Secret Service and the Boise Police Department, with assistance from Wells Fargo.
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