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Women admit identity theft

Fri., Oct. 22, 2010

Two Spokane women pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft Thursday.

Jacquelyn Ann Crawford, 40, and Charlene M. Haggard, 43, stole bank account numbers, driver’s licenses and other personal identification from several victims in the Spokane area between February and April, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The pair used the information, stolen from mailboxes and cars, to pass 100 counterfeit checks to local businesses for goods and services worth more than $40,000, the news release said.

In addition to imprisonment, the plea agreement requires the defendants to pay restitution to their victims and forfeit the proceeds of their crimes.

A conviction to commit wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, up to three years court supervision and restitution.

They will be sentenced in February.

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