Anchorage Insurance Sales Woman Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft
Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Anchorage woman pleaded guilty to federal charges for using personal information from former insurance clients to obtain money from banks under false pretenses.
Kara Hayden, Jr., 51, of Anchorage, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Sharon L. Gleason to one count of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Hayden is scheduled to be sentenced on March 3, 2017.
According to the plea agreement, from at least October 2014, to December 2015, Hayden applied for seventeen credit cards using the names, social security numbers, and dates of birth of nine different victims without their knowledge or authorization. Hayden successfully obtained two credit cards before the investigation of this case interrupted her scheme. The two credit cards were obtained using the personal identifying information of three of her former insurance clients. Hayden obtained approximately $14,500 in cash and retail goods prior to the discovery of her scheme.
Haden faces a statutory maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine or both.
Under federal sentencing statutes, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
U.S. Attorney Loeffler commends the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the assistance from the Alaska State Troopers, for the investigation of this case.