Former Housekeeper Gets Prison for Stealing and Using Employer's Identity
Contact Person: Will Lucius (864) 282-2100
Columbia, South Carolina -----United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that SHIRLEY ANN ROGERS, age 51, of Greenville, South Carolina , was sentenced today in federal court in Anderson by Senior United States District Judge G. Ross Anderson, Jr , to six and one half months in prison (the period of time that ROGERS has been in pretrial confinement) for fraudulently using another person=s debit card without permission, (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(5)); to be followed by a consecutive period of 24 months for using another person=s name and personal identification number to complete the debit card fraud, (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1928A(a)(1)). Judge Anderson also ordered that, after being released from prison, ROGERS will serve a period of three years of supervised release and pay restitution of approximately $6100.00.
ROGERS had pled guilty before Judge Anderson on February 26, 2013. Had the case gone to trial, the Government was prepared to show that during and before September 2012, 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 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 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 ROGERS.
On September 17, 2012, the victim met ROGERS at the bank. In the presence of a bank employee, ROGERS returned the debit card and admitted that she had mistakenly used it.
The case was investigated by Inspector Michael Nicholson of 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.