Former Miami-Dade County Public Schools employee pleads guilty to credit card fraud and ID theft

A former employee of Miami-Dade County Public Schools pleaded guilty today in federal court to one count of credit card fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

According to information made public at her plea hearing, Roshell Demps, 28, worked in the Risk & Benefits Office at the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS), and used her access to MDCPS records to obtain personal identifying information of other current and former MDCPS employees. Demps obtained a range of information, including names, birth dates, and Social Security numbers in order to fraudulently acquire credit cards under some of the employees’ names. The fraudulently acquired cards were then used to make various purchases, the losses of which to date exceeds $10,000.

Demps is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge K. Michael Moore on December 10, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. She faces a maximum imprisonment term of ten years for the credit card fraud count and a mandatory imprisonment term of two years for the aggravated identity theft count. Additionally, she may receive a fine up to $250,000.

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