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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS

STEPHEN R. WIGGINTON UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

Nine Executive Drive, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208 402 West Main Street, Benton, Illinois 62812

For Immediate Release Public Information Officer November 22, 2010 FAUSA Randy G. Massey (618) 628-3700

 

BELLEVILLE WOMAN TO SERVE TWO YEAR SENTENCE FOR IDENTITY THEFT SCHEME

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on November 19, 2010, DONISHA DANEA McSHAN, age 35, of Belleville, Illinois, was sentenced to serve a twenty-four month term of imprisonment following her convictions for Mail Fraud and Access Device Fraud. McSHAN was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $9,430.22. Following release from imprisonment, McSHAN will serve a three year term of supervised release. McSHAN pleaded guilty to the charges on August 12, 2010.

At the time of her plea, McSHAN entered into a factual stipulation which indicates that, beginning in approximately April, 2009, and continuing until approximately October, 2009, in St. Clair County, Illinois, and elsewhere, McSHAN knowingly devised, intended to devise and participated in a scheme to defraud which involved identity theft and access device fraud. McSHAN was entrusted with the social security number of an acquaintance, M.W. McSHAN thereafter used M.W.’s name and social security number without authority to apply for credit card accounts in the name of M.W. When applying for the credit card accounts in M.W.’s name, McSHAN provided the credit card companies with McSHANs own address in Belleville, Illinois. Once the application to open an account was approved, the credit card companywould use the United States mails to send a credit card to McSHANs address. Upon receipt of a credit card in the name of M.W., McSHAN would use the credit card to make purchases and to incur charges.

The investigation was conducted by the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Postal Inspection Service. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Suzanne

M. Garrison.

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