June 17, 2024

Indiana woman sentenced to thirty months in prison for identity theft

United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin has sentenced an Indiana woman to two and a half years in prison for bank fraud and identity theft.

According to the judgment, after the completion of the jail terms, Stefanie Marie Wells, 37, of Jasonville, Indiana, will be supervised.

She was sentenced for bank fraud and aggravated identify theft. Wells was also ordered to pay $10,100 in restitution.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 19, 2020, Wells wrote a $2,700 check from a stolen checkbook and cashed it at a bank in Mount Hope by presenting a stolen driver’s license.

“Wells admitted to obtaining the stolen license and checkbook on or some time prior to October 19, 2020,” the documents unveiled.

Wells cashed three additional checks totaling $7,400 from the stolen checkbook on October 19, 2020.

She used the same stolen driver’s license to cash the stolen checks at banks in Beaver and Beckley, and a different stolen driver’s license to cash the third stolen check at a Montgomery bank.

Wells further admitted to several unsuccessful attempts at fraud.

On October 20, 2020, she attempted to cash a $2,650 check from the stolen checkbook at a Charleston bank while using one of the stolen driver’s licenses.

On November 23, 2020, Wells attempted to cash a $2,300 stolen check at a Beckley bank, and then attempted to withdraw $2,500 by presenting a stolen driver’s license at a Summersville bank. Each of these attempts was unsuccessful.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Park Police, the Beckley Police Department, and the Summersville Police Department.

Assistant United States Attorney Nowles Heinrich prosecuted the case.

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