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Sorrento Woman Sentenced To More Than Nine Years In Federal Prison For Credit Card And Identity Theft Scheme Resulting In Over $812,000 In Losses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced Shannon Bentley (33, Sorrento) to nine years and three months in federal prison for credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft. The court also ordered restitution to be paid by the co-defendants, to the victims, in the amount of $812,990.53.   

Bentley had pleaded guilty on January 22, 2019. 

According to court documents and evidence presented at the hearing, from August 2014 through July 2018, Bentley obtained personal identifying information (“PII”) from victims, obtained fake credit card accounts and cards in the victims’ names or linked to their accounts, and used those credit cards to obtain goods, gift cards and cash at retail establishments and banks throughout Orlando and surrounding areas. Bentley was the leader of a broad group of conspirators that used sophisticated means to facilitate this fraud, and exploited the advanced age of their elderly victims to steal their identity, causing them to incur exorbitant fraudulent charges. The total amount of loss as a result of the scheme was estimated to be over $812,000, involving the compromise of hundreds of credit card accounts.

Co-conspirators Lenardra Griffin (30, Grand Island) and Christina Scott (35, Umatilla) have also pleaded guilty in connection with this scheme. They are scheduled to be sentenced in September 2019.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, with assistance from the Orange Count Sherriff’s Office and the United States Secret Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dana E. Hill.

Combatting elder abuse and financial fraud targeted at seniors is a key priority of the Department of Justice. Together with our federal, state, local and tribal partners, the Department of Justice is steadfastly committed to combatting all forms of elder abuse and financial exploitation through enforcement actions, training and resources, research, victim services, and public awareness. 

Updated June 27, 2019

Elder Justice
Financial Fraud