Houston Woman Sent to Prison for College Station Area Identity Theft
|Sept. 27, 2013|
HOUSTON – Tiffany Margaret Taylor, 33, has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison following her convictions of conspiracy, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
Today, U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison sentenced Taylor to a 27-month-term for the conspiracy and bank fraud charges and a consecutive 24 months for aggravated identity theft for a total sentence of 51months. She was further ordered to serve a three-year-term of supervised release following completion of that prison term and to pay $21,640.40 in restitution.
The investigation began when the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) started receiving multiple complaints from individuals residing in the College Station area regarding stolen mail, credit cards, checks and other items containing personal identifiers. Many of the credit card charges took place in College Station.
Agents were able to obtain surveillance videos and talk to eye witnesses who saw Taylor and her co-conspirator, Joshua Lee Miller, using victims’ credit cards at the Post Oak Mall in College Station. Taylor and Miller were subsequently arrested and their vehicle was searched, at which time they were found to be in possession of credit cards, fake identities, merchandise purchased with various victim’s credit cards and methamphetamine.
Miller, 32, remains in custody pending sentencing next month.
The investigation leading to the charges in this case was conducted by the USPIS. Assistant United States Attorney Julie Searle prosecuted the case.