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Former Housekeeper Pleads Guilty to Stealing and Using Employer's Identity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2013

Contact Person: Will Lucius (864) 282-2100

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Shirley Ann Rogers, age 52, of Greenville, South Carolina , pled guilty today in federal court in Anderson, to one count of fraudulently using another person’s debit card without permission, (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(5)); and to one count of using another person’s name and personal identification number to complete the debit card fraud, (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1928A(a)(1)). Senior United States District Judge G. Ross Anderson, Jr. accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed a presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Had the case gone to trial, the Government was prepared to show that during and before September 2012, the Defendant, Shirley Ann Rogers, had been employed as a housekeeper for the victim who resided in Greenville, South Carolina. Near the end of August, 2012, the victim’s bank sent to her at her home address a new debit card in the victim’s name. A personal identification number was also provided.
On September 7, 2012, the new debit card was activated from a mobile telephone used by Shirley Ann Rogers. On September 13, 2012, a telephonic inquiry into the checking account balance associated with the debit card was made from a home telephone number used by Shirley Ann Rogers. Between September 7 and September 17, 2012, using the victim’s name and PIN, the card was utilized in a least 15 transactions to secure from commercial enterprises that do business in interstate commerce more than $1000 in goods and services. There are surveillance videos in at least five of the transactions in which the participant appears to be Shirley Ann Rogers.

On September 17, 2012, the victim met Shirley Ann Rogers at the bank. In the presence of a bank employee, Rogers returned the debit card and admitted that she had mistakenly used it.
Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty Rogers can receive on the count of fraudulently using the debit card is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment for 15 years, plus a special assessment of $100.00; and on the identity theft count, a mandatory term of imprisonment for 2 years consecutive to any other term of imprisonment imposed for the other count, plus a special assessment of $100.00.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney William C. Lucius of the Greenville office handled the case.

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