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Press Release

Suffolk Woman Sentenced To 65 Months In Prison For Conspiring To Commit Wire Fraud And Identity Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

NORFOLK, Va. – Sheila Clark Lewis, 56, of Suffolk, Va., was sentenced today to 65 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, and restitution in the amount of $99,875.97 for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

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.

Lewis pleaded guilty on September 2, 2014.  According to court documents, the defendant and co-conspirator, Shavika Thompson, acquired identity information of approximately 200 medical patients without authorization from Thompson’s employer, a telephone answering and messaging service that catered to doctors and medical service practices.  They used the information to use and establish numerous store credit card accounts in victims’ names at Kmart, Sears, and Kohl’s department stores.  At various times between November 2012 and September 2013, they made purchases using the victims’ accounts.  Surveillance videos for the date, time, and locations of purchases show that the defendants were together at the time of purchase in most instances.

Co-defendant Shavika Thompson pleaded guilty on September 4, 2014 and is currently scheduled to be sentenced on January 12, 2015.

This case was investigated by 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 August 11, 2016