FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - April 15, 2008
TWO WOMEN SENTENCED IN TRIANGLE AREA IDENTITY THEFT RING
NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court Chief United States District Judge Louise Wood Flanagan sentenced MARIE CAMBRONNE, 26, of Margate, Florida, to time served, with three years of supervised release and NICOLE ROSENTHAL, 32, of Sunrise, Florida, to 16 months’ imprisonment and 3 years supervised release following her term of incarceration.
Criminal Informations were filed charging ROSENTHAL, and CAMBRONNE on August 16, 2007, and September 25, 2007, respectively.CAMBRONNEandROSENTHAL each pled guilty to conspiring to commit identity fraud. The two defendants, along with others, operated an identity theft ring in the Triangle area of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill) in February and March of 2007 The members of the ring would break into vehicles, usually women’s vehicles, after having observed them for some time, stealing identification documents, such as driver’s licenses, check books and credit cards. The conspirators would then use these identification cards and checks to withdraw cash from banks or purchase large amounts of goods that they would either keep for themselves or sell for cash.
“Stealing a person’s identity through personal documents and identification obtained from breaking into that person’s car is on the rise. In this instance, federal and local law enforcement have stopped one ring, but everyone must remain vigilant. Personal items such as documents with your name, date of birth, address, and social security number, should not be placed in plain sight so that anyone walking by the car can read that information. Check books, credit cards and identification cards should not be left unattended,” advised Mr. Holding.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Cary Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jason Cowley served as prosecutor for the government.
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