LEXINGTON, KY - A Jackson, Ky., woman was indicted today for stealing someone’s identity to buy a car in Lexington.
A federal grand jury in Lexington returned an indictment Thursday charging 44-year-old Lisa Ann Salyers with two counts of wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft.
According to the indictment, Salyers obtained the victim’s date of birth and social security number. Last fall, Salyers used this information to apply for credit at a car dealership and a furniture store. Salyers purchased an automobile and attempted to buy furniture with the victim’s identifying information.
Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Paul Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, Secret Service, jointly made the announcement today.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Secret Service. The indictment was presented to the grand jury by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew T. Boone.
A date for Salyers to appear in court has not yet been scheduled. She faces a mandatory two year sentence for each identity theft count upon a conviction. She faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each wire fraud count. Any sentence following a conviction for either wire fraud count would be imposed by the Court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the applicable federal statutes.
An indictment is an accusation only. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.