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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 12, 2015

Chesapeake Woman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud and Identity Theft

Identity victims included elderly medical patients

NORFOLK, Va. – Shavika Thompson, age 36, of Chesapeake was sentenced yesterday to 41 months in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and a consecutive sentence of 24 months for aggravated identity theft.  Thompson was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $99,875.97.

Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Gary Barksdale, Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior United States District Judge Robert G. Doumar.

Thompson pled guilty to the charge on September 4, 2014.  According to court documents, Thompson and co-conspirator, Sheila Clark Lewis, acquired identity information without authorization from Thompson’s employer, a telephone messaging service that catered to medical offices.  In many cases, they used the information to establish store credit card accounts at K-Mart, Sears, and Kohl’s department stores.  At various times between November 2012 and September 2013, they made purchases using the victims’ accounts.  The identity victims included elderly medical patients.  Surveillance videos showed that Thompson and Lewis were often together at the time of a purchase or attempted purchase.  Over the course of about one year, they purchased or attempted to purchase nearly $100,000 in merchandise.  Both defendants were under supervised release during the time of the offenses.  Both had been previously prosecuted by the Norfolk office.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.  Assistant United States Attorney Randy Stoker prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No.  2:14-cr-88.

Updated March 24, 2015