New jersey woman charged in identity theft ring
Celeste C. Paige, 55, of Newark, New Jersey, was charged today by Indictment with two counts of bank fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.
The indictment alleges that Paige entered TD Bank and Susquehanna Bank branches and used false driver’s licenses, sometimes posing as the true account holders, in order with withdraw money from and cash fraudulent checks against the customers’ accounts.
Paige faces a maximum sentence of 64 years in prison, including a two year mandatory term of imprisonment, a five year period of supervised release, a $2.5 million fine, and a $400 special assessment.
The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael S. Lowe.
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