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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

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NOVEMBER 6, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC WOMAN SENTENCED FOR IDENTITY THEFT,

CREDIT CARD FRAUD


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for using stolen identity information to make fraudulent credit purchases at area retail stores.


            Kimberly Ann Mavis, 30, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to four years in federal prison without parole.


            On Aug. 11, 2008, Mavis pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to commit aggravated identity theft from Jan. 10 to Oct. 1, 2007, which resulted in a total loss of $62,742. Co-defendant Jerry Bagby, 51, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy on Aug. 19, 2008, and awaits sentencing.


            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 and Bagby 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 so that they could pose as the identity theft victims when making fraudulent and unauthorized purchases at retail stores.


            Mavis and Bagby used the existing credit accounts of the identity theft victims and applied 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, Mavis and Bagby sold the items to others and split the proceeds equally.


            In addition to the conspiracy, Mavis pleaded guilty to computer fraud, aggravated identity theft and credit card fraud. Bagby also pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and three counts of credit card fraud.


            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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