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Judging by that title, you know this fraud blog is about cell phones in some way, form or fashion. Listen up so you can learn more about how a woman used stolen personal information to commit identity theft at several cell phone retail stores in Norfolk and Wayne, Nebraska.

A 32-year-old woman from Clinton Township used the personal information of people with good credit to purchase high-end cellphones. (I’m guessing her scam involved buying the high-priced devices that many people can’t seem to function without, using her victims’ credit. Then she most likely resold them and pocketed the profit.)  

Today’s fraud article states that the woman presented high-quality fake driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers of real people to buy the cell phones. (She needed their good credit ratings to qualify for the cell phone purchases.) When she was arrested at a store in Wayne, Nebraska, multiple sets of counterfeit identification documents were discovered in her purse. (I wonder if she made a call to her lawyer on one of those stolen phones? Probably not.)

The government called out this young woman’s identity theft fraud scheme and sentenced her to 31 months in prison. She also got three years of supervised release following the completion of her prison term. (Just so you know, there is no parole in the federal system, so she’ll be in for the full term.)

It’s important to note that this young fraudster also has outstanding warrants for similar criminal conduct related to  identity theft in Kentucky and Colorado. I’m guessing she might be receiving some unwanted calls in the jailhouse in the near future. (Prison phones won’t allow her to put the ring setting on silent, nor will she be able to block the unwanted calls or send them directly to voicemail. She will definitely have to pick up the call and answer to the allegations against her.)

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article, “Michigan woman sentenced for fraud and identity theft in Nebraska,” posted on on July 29, 2019.

A Michigan woman was sentenced for fraud and identity theft at several Nebraskan stores on Monday.

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced today that on July 26, 2019, United States District Court Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced 32-year-old Mechelle Anna Major of Clinton Township, Michigan, to 31 months’ imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for fraudulent use of social security numbers and aggravated identity theft. There is no parole in the federal system.

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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.