Syracuse Woman Sentenced In Aggravated Identity Theft Case
United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced today that a Syracuse woman has been sentenced for her role in a series of aggravated identity thefts, three of which were committed after she had been indicted and while she was under federal court supervision.
Today Maurisha Dixon, age 25, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge David N. Hurd in Utica. DIXON was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution in an amount exceeding $55,000 with $36,694 going to Sallie Mae, $5,000 to The College Loan Corporation, and the remainder to KeyBank. DIXON will also serve four years of supervision following her release from incarceration and was ordered to pay a special assessment of $1,100. She was remanded to prison immediately following sentencing.
DIXON pleaded guilty on August 24, 2012 to four counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of wire fraud, three counts of false representation of a social security number, and three counts of committing an offense while on supervised release (11 felony counts in total). DIXON admitted that she stole and misused without authorization the identities and personal information of four individuals - some known to her, and some unknown - and used that information to defraud financial institutions in a series of schemes involving student loans and credit cards. In executing those schemes, DIXON created and used false documents, counterfeited government agency letterhead, and falsely represented herself as the individuals whose identities she had stolen.
The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General and the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Education. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen C. Green.