People Helping Inmates Are Targets Of ID Theft

Credit card scheme targets 50 victims. The victims had been volunteers for a good cause.

37 year old Shelley Ann Bridges of Indianola, Iowa pled guilty on to aggravated identity theft and credit card fraud. A sentencing hearing before District Court Judge Robert W. Pratt will be
scheduled at a later date. Bridges will remain in custody pending sentencing.

According to a written plea agreement, Bridges obtained personal identifier information of volunteers who participated in a church outreach program at Mitchellville Women’s Correctional Facility.

In August and September 2011, Bridges used the personal identifiers of nearly 50 of the volunteers to fraudulently obtain credit accounts with at least five victim financial institutions. Bridge’s actions caused at least $10,271 in losses.

Aggravated identity theft is punishable by a mandatory sentence of two years’ imprisonment to be served consecutively to any other sentence imposed, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of one year. Credit card fraud carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years.

The Court is also authorized to order restitution, and Bridges has agreed to pay restitution of at
least $10,271.


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