Highland Woman Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on September 14, 2012, Christina Whittaker, 51, of Highland, Illinois, pled guilty to Access Device Fraud as charged in an Information filed in United States District Court in East St. Louis. Access Device Fraud carries a statutory maximum possible punishment of up to ten years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, a period of supervised release of up to three years and the payment of a $100.00 special assessment. Sentencing is scheduled for December 17, 2012, at 11:00 a.m.
During her plea, Whittaker admitted that she had fraudulently obtained two credit cards by utilizing the personal identifying information of another person without their knowledge or permission. Whittaker then used the credit cards to purchase approximately $9,000 worth of goods and services between October 12, 2011, and March 20, 2012.
The investigation was conducted by Postal Inspectors with United States Postal Inspection Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ranley R. Killian.
All identity theft should be reported to local police. If you are a victim of identity theft or want additional information please visit the Federal Trade Commissions identity theft website at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft2012/.