2 sentenced for stealing IDs of government employees

1:43 PM, Jan 10, 2014   |    comments
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Two people have been sentenced after stealing hundreds of identities of government employees.

Officials with the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia say Adrienne Pritchett and Jamille Ferguson were part of an identity theft ring that impacted more than 450 clients of Pritchett's employer. The insurance provider caters to employees of the U.S. Department of State, Department of Defense, and Agency for International Development, many of whom are stationed overseas, according to officials. Pritchett's live-in boyfriend, Christopher Bush, used the stolen identities to make fraudulent driver's licenses with the victims' real names, addresses and dates of birth. Then, the fraudulent driver's licenses were used to open credit lines at retailers and obtain merchandise and gift cards at victims' expense. On some occasions, Pritchett sold this stolen merchandise to her colleagues, according to officials.

Adrienne Pritchett was sentenced to 57 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. She pleaded guilty to the charges last October. Pritchett has also agreed to pay full restitution to victims, say officials.

Co-defendant Jamille Ferguson was sentenced to 36 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. He was also ordered to pay $47,025.61 in restitution to victims.

Officials say two other members of the identity theft ring have already been sentenced: Segale Battle and Rungnatee Pearson. Battle was sentenced to 12 months in prison and three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $130,262.35 in restitution for her role in stealing at least 20 identities and several company checks from the Washington-based dental practice where she worked. Rungnatee Pearson was sentenced to 5 months in prison, 5 months of home confinement, and 2 years of supervised release for using 10 stolen identities to obtain $19,521.96 in merchandise. Pearson was also ordered to repay $19,521.96 in restitution.

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