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Giles woman faces 30 years for identity theft

A 47-year-old Narrows woman faces up to 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Monday to charges related to identity thefts.
Jill Abel Dunford pled guilty in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke to charges related to a scheme in which she stole the identities of two people, according to United States Attorney Julia C. Dudley.
A federal Grand Jury returned a 16-count indictment against Dunford in April, charging her with two counts of mail fraud, 10 counts of wire fraud, two counts of access device fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft.
Dunford pled guilty to one count of mail fraud, one count of wire fraud and one count of access device fraud. In addition to a maximum of 30 years in prison, she also faces a fine of up to $750,000.
The defendant admitted she participated in an identity theft scheme from April to September 2007 in which she used the personal identifiers of her employer and her employer’s daughter, without their authorization, to obtain credit card accounts. Dunford had access to the victims’ personal information as a result of her employment.
Dudley said Dunford opened one credit card account each for her employer and her employer’s daughter, charging a total of $26,877.17 to both accounts. The charges included purchases from retail stores, as well as cash withdrawals from ATM machines throughout the Western District.
Dunford will be sentenced Sept. 21. She remains free on a personal recognizance bond.

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Giles woman faces 30 years for identity theft

A 47-year-old Narrows woman faces up to 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Monday to charges related to identity thefts.
Jill Abel Dunford pled guilty in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke to charges related to a scheme in which she stole the identities of two people, according to United States Attorney Julia C. Dudley.
A federal Grand Jury returned a 16-count indictment against Dunford in April, charging her with two counts of mail fraud, 10 counts of wire fraud, two counts of access device fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft.
Dunford pled guilty to one count of mail fraud, one count of wire fraud and one count of access device fraud. In addition to a maximum of 30 years in prison, she also faces a fine of up to $750,000.
The defendant admitted she participated in an identity theft scheme from April to September 2007 in which she used the personal identifiers of her employer and her employer’s daughter, without their authorization, to obtain credit card accounts. Dunford had access to the victims’ personal information as a result of her employment.
Dudley said Dunford opened one credit card account each for her employer and her employer’s daughter, charging a total of $26,877.17 to both accounts. The charges included purchases from retail stores, as well as cash withdrawals from ATM machines throughout the Western District.
Dunford will be sentenced Sept. 21. She remains free on a personal recognizance bond.

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