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Memphis Woman Sentenced To Five Years In
Federal Prison For Identity Theft

January 26, 2012

Memphis, Tenn. -Chief District Court Judge Jon P. McCalla sentenced Patricia Ann Johnson, 35, of
Memphis, Tennessee, to five years incarceration for identity theft in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1028(a)(7),
announced Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

The charges that form the basis for Johnson’s sentence involved the defendant impersonating legitimate
customers of Regions and Sun Trust Banks (from Mississippi, Texas and Maryland) that were also named
Patricia Johnson. The defendant fraudulently obtained these victims’ bank account information, and
thereafter used the information to make large over-the- counter cash withdrawals at local branches from
the victims’ accounts. In some instances, the defendant would advise bank employees that her check book
had recently been stolen by her boyfriend and therefore, she needed to use counter checks in order to
obtain funds from “her” account. Through her identity theft and related conduct, the defendant
fraudulently obtained over $48,000.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and was prosecuted by Assistant United
State Attorney Stephen Hall on behalf of the government.

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