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MONDAY - November 16, 2009

RALEIGH WOMAN SENTENCED IN IDENTITY THEFT CASE

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on November 13, 2009, Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced MARIA LORENA CROLL, 24, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to one year and one day imprisonment for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges. Restitution was also imposed of $2,138.52.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on December 18, 2008. On June 9, 2009, CROLL pled guilty to six counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

From January, 2006, to January, 2008, CROLL, a loan processor, attempted to open 17 different credit card accounts using the names and social security numbers she had stolen from her clients. On the application, CROLL would list her own address as the mailing address for the credit card shipment. The credit card companies shipped the cards to CROLL’s residence, where in some instances, she activated them with her cell phone, and used them to make purchases.

The Indictment further alleges that during and in relation to two of the acts of wire fraud, CROLL used identification belonging to another.

Mr. Holding commented, Identity theft and credit card fraud continue to plague law-abiding Americans across the country. In this case, the defendant, preying upon her own clients, stole personal, financial and identity information and used that information for her own personal gain. We look forward to presenting the matter fully to the Court at the time of sentencing.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service and Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney William Gilmore served as prosecutor for the government.

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