Nebraskan Pleads Guilty In ID Theft Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A 23-year-old Lincoln woman faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine when she's sentenced for taking using personal information from two other people in trying to borrow money.

Jovita Benford pleaded guilty on Tuesday to unauthorized computer access. Federal prosecutors say Benford was working at the Lincoln-based student lender Nelnet when she accessed a database in October 2010 to help a borrower with his student loans. She copied his name and date of birth and those of another borrower, then used them to try to borrow money online.

She wasn't successful.

In an unrelated state case, Benford was sentenced in November to
18-to-36 months for theft and criminal impersonation.

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