A Bowie, Md. woman is spending the next six years of her life in prison after she used an elaborate ID fraud scheme that primarily targeted credit unions and led to financial losses.
Tonia Latrice Lewis was sentenced to serve a 70-month prison sentence last month in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. Federal Judge Claude Hilton was also ordered Lewis to pay restitution of nearly $250,000. Federal prosecutors said Lewis sought more than $600,000 in loans and financing. Lewis was convicted for bank fraud, mail fraud and aggravated identify theft.
According to court documents and evidence presented at her trial, Lewis, 47, obtained the identities of dozens of victims and used them to open credit union accounts and apply for loans and lines of credit in the names of the victims, without their knowledge or consent.
continue reading »