Guilty plea in D.C. identity thefts
A District woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy and fraud in connection with a credit card and identity theft ring operating out of Northwest Washington.
The ring charged $89,000 to nearly 200 companies and individuals by stealing mail from residential mailboxes, credit card receipts from Johnson’s Flower shops in Tenleytown and Kensington and a medical office in Friendship Heights, according to authorities.
Dionne N. Witherspoon, 38, of the 1300 block of 6th Street NW, admitted running the ring from December 2006 through March 2010 with an unindicted co-conspirator identified in court papers as “R.G.R.M.”
Witherspoon faces a likely sentence of up to 121 months in prison and a fine of up to $150,000 under U.S. sentencing guidelines. The maximums allowed under law are 20 years and $250,000.
Witherspoon had co-conspirators obtain victims’ identification and bank account information, then accept delivery of merchandise bought with the proceeds at their homes, prosecutors said. The ring also stole credit card receipts and prescriptions from a CVS Pharmacy at 13th and U Streets NW and student information from Howard University.
The stolen information was used to make transactions on legitimate credit accounts maintained by victims, to open on-line credit accounts and to tap “pay-by-phone” checking account payments.
Witherspoon gave co-conspirators a cut of merchandise, “discounted” payments of utility and cell phone bills and D.C. parking tickets — whose balance was paid by stolen funds.
Others who have pleaded guilty in the case and who are cooperating pending sentencing are Kimberly Hatton, 41, , and Peeair Bassil, 42, of Washington, and LaKisha Williams, 34, of Oxon Hill.
-- Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Editors
August 19, 2010; 7:39 AM ET
Categories: Cons & Scams , From the Courthouse , Spencer S. Hsu , The District
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