Two Baton Rouge women indicted for identity theft
POSTED: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 9:04am
Baton Rouge, La — A federal Grand Jury returned an indictment on Wednesday, February 29, 2011, charging Trachell Brown, 26, and Trevia Brown, 27, both of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with bank fraud, access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and illegal use of social security account numbers.
From January 2007 through January 2010, both stole the identities of several area individuals and thereafter obtained unauthorized credit cards in the names of the victims.
The defendants used the fraudulently obtained credit cards to make unauthorized purchases in excess of $148,000, and created more than 20 unauthorized credit card accounts and defrauded at least 9 different federally insured financial institutions during a 3 year scheme to unlawfully enrich themselves.
If convicted, Trachell Brown faces a maximum sentence of 315 years in prison and an additional mandatory minimum 8 years if convicted of aggravated identity theft. She is subject to fines of $9,500,000.
If convicted, Trevia Brown faces a maximum sentence of 120 years in prison and an additional mandatory minimum sentence of 4 years if convicted of aggravated identity theft. She is subject to fines of $3,750,000.