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Day In Court Gets Day in Jail

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August 9, 2013 — A Chesterton woman is among three people whose day in court brought a day in custody.

United States Attorney David Capp’s office says 23-year-old Lauren Price was sentenced in federal court to one day of prison, as time served, and three years of supervised release.

Price and 24-year-old Amber Fields of Milwaukee, Wisconsin have the same jail sentence after they pleaded “guilty” to conspiracy and attempt to commit fraud with identification documents and fraud with identification documents.

Capp says 29-year-old Joniette Davis of Indianapolis also was a defendant in the case U.S. v. Harris et al. who were sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon. Davis was sentenced to one day imprisonment (time served) and two years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy and attempt to commit fraud with identification documents.

Capp says, “According to documents filed in this case, the defendants obtained the account and personal information of individuals in over 21 states and fraudulently added their names to the victims’ accounts in an account takeover scheme. The defendants either utilized their own names or utilized aliases with the accounts which had been taken over. They purchased gift cards, Postal money orders, and made numerous retail purchases with the fraudulently obtained credit cards throughout Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Georgia. They also made cash withdrawals on the accounts and utilized the convenience checks associated with the accounts at various financial institutions located in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Georgia. Throughout the criminal conduct, the defendants would also mail gift cards, Postal money orders, and U.S. currency from Indiana and Wisconsin to Georgia.”

This case was the result of an investigation by the United States Postal Service-Office of the Inspector General. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Toi Houston.

 

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