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Summerdale Woman Sentenced to More Than Three Years in Prison for Bank Fraud Conspiracy and Aggravated Identity Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Alabama

MOBILE, AL – A Summerdale woman was sentenced to 37 months in prison for bank fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. 

According to court documents, Jamie Danell Putman, 40, pleaded guilty to engaging in a bank fraud conspiracy between March 2022 and July 2023, and stealing other peoples’ identities in furtherance of the scheme. In April 2022, an identity-theft victim from Robertsdale filed a report with Foley police that somebody had unlawfully obtained her driver’s license, social security number, and other identifiers and had used them to open an unauthorized checking account and deposit fraudulent checks in it. Days later, Foley police arrested Putman at a hotel in possession of the victim’s stolen mail and identification documents, as well as several other items of stolen mail, including blank business checks. Putman admitted in a recorded interview that she had stolen the mail and identification documents. Putman admitted that she and several other people would drive around Baldwin County stealing mail, use acetone to “wash” checks, change the payee information on the checks, and then attempt fraudulent in-person and mobile deposits.

In March 2023, after her release from custody, Putman opened a T-Mobile Money bank account and conducted additional fraudulent deposits of counterfeited and forged checks bearing the identifiers of mail-theft victims. In July 2023, Foley police again arrested Putman, who was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by one of her coconspirators. In Putman’s purse, police found several stolen credits, checks, identity documents, and other stolen mail.

In addition to the 37-month prison sentence, Chief United States District Judge Jeffrey U. Beaverstock ordered Putman to serve a five-year term of supervised release, during which time she will undergo drug testing and treatment, will receive mental health evaluation and treatment, and will be subject to credit restrictions. The court did not impose a fine, but Chief Judge Beaverstock ordered Putman to pay $300 in victim restitution and $200 in special assessments.

U.S. Attorney Sean P. Costello of the Southern District of Alabama made the announcement. 

The United States Postal Inspection Service, the Foley Police Department, the Summerdale Police Department, and the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Roller prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

Updated April 24, 2024