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25 July – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – R. Alexander Acos…

25 July – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, William T. Sims, Special Agent in Charge, Miami Field Office, United States Secret Service, and Ken Jenne, Broward County Sheriff, announced that defendant, Angela Blount, plead guilty on July 22, 2005 to six counts of an Indictment charging her with identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028, and access device fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029. Sentencing is scheduled for October 7, 2005, before United States District Court Judge Joan A. Lenard in Miami.

Blount faces a statutory maximum term of imprisonment of fifteen (15) years on the identity theft counts, and a statutory maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years on the access device fraud counts.

This identity theft investigation commenced when the Broward Sheriff’s Office caught Blount fraudulently purchasing a 2004 Audi A6 at Champion Auto Sales in Pompano Beach, Florida. Thereafter, as a result of an extensive collaborative effort between the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Secret Service, investigators uncovered evidence revealing that Blount had applied for and received numerous credit cards, personal loans, home mortgages, and automobile loans, all using the Social Security numbers of two unsuspecting victims, between July 11, 2001 and January 23, 2004. Once Blount obtained these loans and credit cards, Blount went on a spending spree. Before her arrest, Blount had successfully obtained over $341,000 in financing, credit, and property.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the United States Secret Service and the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Marc Anton.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls . Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on .

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