Local woman ordered to prison for aggravated identity theft
HOUSTON – A 43-year-old Houston resident has been sent to prison following her conviction of using stolen personal information to obtain over $1,000, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.
Daneshia Shane Walton pleaded guilty Jan. 18.
Today, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ordered Walton to serve 24 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by one year of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, the court noted Walton was still a young woman. He hoped the statement she made to the court prior to sentencing that she was no longer the same person who committed this crime was true.
At the time of her plea, Walton admitted that on July 5, 2013, she used a victim’s name, address and Social Security number to fraudulently obtain a Mastercard at a Marshalls department store located in Houston.
On that day, Walton then used the credit card to purchase two gift cards in the amount of $600 each.
Walton was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Secret Service conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Braddock prosecuted the case.