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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Norfolk Woman Sentenced to Prison for ID Theft of Prisoners

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Norfolk woman was sentenced today to 129 months in prison for operating multiple fraud schemes that included stealing the identities of local prisoners.

According to court documents, less than a month after her release from federal prison for a prior fraud scheme, Teresa Gallop undertook two new sophisticated frauds. In the first, Gallop created a fake legal services company that she used to lure inmates of local jails to disclose their identifying information and to release their personal property. Gallop used her son, who was then serving multiple state sentences for theft, to identify and prime inmate victims. Once she had their information and property, Gallop forged powers of attorney naming her conspirators as attorneys in fact for the inmates. Gallop and her co-conspirators used these documents to access and open inmate bank accounts, which they used to cash worthless checks.

In the second fraud, Gallop recruited others to open bank accounts at several financial institutions. She then used these accounts to negotiate checks she had stolen from the mail and elsewhere, ultimately disbursing the funds to herself in a variety of transactions. The total intended loss for both schemes exceeds $130,000.

Name

Age, Hometown

Conviction(s)

Info

Teresa Gallop

50, Norfolk

4:16cr86

18 U.S.C. § 1349

18 U.S.C. § 1028A

4:16cr88

18 U.S.C. § 1349

18 U.S.C. § 1028A

Sentenced to 129 months

Delanio Vick

32, Norfolk

4:16cr88

18 U.S.C. § 1349

18 U.S.C. § 1028A

Sentencing May 14

Jessie Davis

21, Portsmouth

4:16cr86

18 U.S.C. § 1349

18 U.S.C. § 1028A

4:16cr88

18 U.S.C. § 1349

18 U.S.C. § 1028A

Sentencing June 14

Aaren Ivey

22, Portsmouth

4:16cr86

18 U.S.C. § 1349

 

Sentencing June 25

Gloria Vick

60, Norfolk

Pending Trial

Trial July 10

 

Tracy Doherty-McCormick, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Robert B. Wemyss, Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Larry D. Boone, Chief of Norfolk Police, and Michael C. Grinstead, Acting Chief of Newport News Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kaitlin C. Gratton prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case Nos. 4:16-cr-86 and 4:16-cr-88.

Topic(s): 
Identity Theft
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated April 23, 2018