Friday, January 07, 2011
Department of Justice
United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee
FORMER KNOX COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY SENTENCED TO 34 MONTHS FOR IDENTITY THEFT SCHEME
KNOXVILLE, Tenn – Michelle Lee Stiles, 39, of Knoxville, Tenn., was sentenced today by the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, United States District Judge, to serve 34 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. This sentence followed Stiles' guilty plea to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft on July 1, 2010.
According to court documents, Stiles admitted that she exploited her position as a Knox County Deputy Sheriff to obtain personal identifying information of people that she would use to fraudulently open credit accounts in their names causing several thousands of dollars in loss.
This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Knoxville Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney D. Gregory Weddle represented the United States.