Gainesville woman sentenced for identity theft, fraud

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 5:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 5:03 p.m.

Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that Regina Ward, 31, of Gainesville, has been sentenced to 13 months in federal prison for charges relating to identity theft and fraud.

During a court hearing Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan also sentenced Ward to three years of supervised release and ordered restitution in the amount of $6,500, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.

Prosecutors provided the following account of her crimes:

In February 2012, Ward met with an undercover agent posing as someone wishing to cash U.S. Treasury checks without proper identification. Ward presented the agent with a Treasury check in someone else’s name worth $12,727.81 and negotiated a check-cashing fee.

She sold the check to the agent for $6,500 and said she had other checks to cash.

Later that month, Ward met with the agent again and tried to cash two other Treasury checks, according to the news release.

At that meeting, she sold 10 stolen identities — names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth — intended for fraudulent tax returns. She also provided driver’s license numbers and Turbo Tax pin numbers from prior years for some of the names.

According to prosecutors, she sold those identities for $850 each.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly S. Karase.

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