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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html


JANUARY 16, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC WOMAN, MAN INDICTED FOR COMPUTER CRIME,

IDENTITY THEFT


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., woman and man were indicted by a federal grand jury today for using stolen identity information to make fraudulent credit purchases at area retail stores.


            Kimberly Ann Mavis, 30, and Jerry Bagby, 51, both of Kansas City, were charged in a 12-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


            Today’s indictment alleges that Mavis and Bagby participated in a conspiracy to commit computer fraud, aggravated identity theft and credit card fraud from Jan. 10 to Oct. 1, 2007. According to the indictment, Mavis used a computer to illegally access customer databases at Premier Bank in Overland Park, Kan., in order to steal personal identity information and credit bureau reports of the bank’s customers. Mavis, a former employee of the bank, also allegedly stole hard copies of “lead sheets” that also contained identity information and credit scores. Mavis collected this information from customers who had made mortgage loan applications, the indictment says.


            Mavis and Bagby allegedly used a personal computer to produce counterfeit forms of identification (including counterfeit Missouri driver’s licenses), using the names and other identifying information of the identity theft victims. That counterfeit identification displayed photos of the conspirators, the indictment says, so that they could pose as the identity theft victims when making fraudulent and unauthorized purchases at retail stores. Mavis and Bagby allegedly used the existing credit accounts of the identity theft victims, as well as applying for new credit accounts using the identity information and creditworthiness of the identity theft victims. After purchasing expensive merchandise or gift cards at stores such as Lowe’s, Sears, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Dillards and others, the indictment says, Mavis and Bagby sold the items to others and split the proceeds equally.


            Today’s indictment cites five identity theft victims from Virginia, North Carolina, California, Arizona and New Jersey. Mavis is charged with aggravated identity theft and credit card fraud related to the Virginia victim. Mavis and Bagby are each charged with one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of credit card fraud related to each of the remaining four victims.


            Mavis is also charged with computer fraud for illegally accessing the computer system at Premier Bank in order to further an intended fraud and to obtain the identity and credit information of those mortgage loan applicants for the purpose of engaging in unauthorized credit transactions.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Cowles. It was investigated by the Overland Park, Kan., Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service as part of the U.S. Secret Service Financial Crimes Task Force in the Kansas City field office.



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