Former Employee of Tax Preparation Service Sentenced for Identity Theft
RICHMOND, Va. - Alicia Cassandra Gambrell, 38, of Richmond, Va., was sentenced today to 39 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release on bank fraud and aggravated identity theft charges. She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $60,796.05. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Kenneth T Cuccinelli, Attorney General of Virginia; and Keith Fixel, Postal Inspector in Charge, United State Postal Inspection Service, Charlotte Division, made the announcement after Gambrell was sentenced by United States District Judge Henry E. Hudson. Gambrell pled guilty to these charges on March 4, 2010.
According to court documents, Gambrell was employed by The Tax Complex, a tax preparation business, from February to April 2004. During her employment she obtained the personal identifying information of Tax Complex clients. She subsequently used this personal identifying information to open fraudulent credit and utility accounts and to obtain a college loan. Gambrell then made purchases for her personal benefit on the accounts but did not make any payments on those accounts.
This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service as a member of the Metro-Richmond Identity Theft Task Force. Other member agencies of the Task Force include: the United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State, Richmond Police Department, Chesterfield County Police Department; and Henrico County Division of Police. Prosecutions for the Task Force are handled by the United States Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Special Assistant United States Attorney Charles A. Quagliato, an Assistant to the Attorney General of Virginia, prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States. For more information on the Task Force, including assistance for victims of identity theft, visit: www.richmondIDtheft.com .