Two Washington, D.C.-area residents are going to prison for their roles in an identity theft ring that targeted federal employees, according to the Justice Department.
Adrienne Pritchett of District Heights, Md., will serve 57 months behind bars, followed by four years of supervised release after pleading guilty to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, DOJ officials said. Jamille Ferguson of Dumfries, Va., who had also accepted a plea bargain last fall, will serve three years in prison and four years supervised release for access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.
As an employee of an insurance company that catered to federal workers, many of them stationed overseas, Pritchett stole the identities of more than 450 customers, the department said, citing court records. Pritchett’s boyfriend than used the identities to make fake drivers’ licenses that Ferguson and other ring members used to buy gift cards and merchandise on credit at victims’ expense.
As part of the plea deal, Ferguson agreed to pay more than $47,000 in restitution; Pritchett also agreed to make full restitution, but the department news release did not give a dollar figure for the amount. Two other ring members were sentenced in December, according to the release.