Nine Georgia defendents sentenced to prison for ID theft
Viola Hill, 61, of Atlanta, Georgia, and Adolphus Hill, 64, of Atlanta, Georgia, were sentenced Friday as the final two defendants sentenced this week in a large scale fraud scheme using identity and check thefts. Coconspirators Calvin Hill, 61, Frank Mitchell, 61, James McCarter, 51, Karen Clark, 61, Carlos Jennings, 36, and Tequillia Hamilton, 35, all of Atlanta, Georgia, and Reginald Lamar Smith, 52, of Lithia Springs, Georgia,
were previously sentenced by United States District Judge William S. Duffey, Jr. to serve federal prison terms on charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
“These defendants stole checkbooks, dates of birth and social security numbers from unsuspecting victims and used the victims’ checks and identifying information to commit more than $600,000 in fraud,” said Acting United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “Not only did the victims have the funds in their checking accounts depleted by the defendants’ criminal conduct, but they were forced to spend countless hours dealing with banks, casinos, retail merchants, credit bureaus and credit card companies in order to undo the damage to their financial affairs caused by the defendants’ conduct. The prison sentences handed out in this case are just punishment for the adverse impact the defendants’ criminal conduct had on the lives of the identity theft victims, as well as for the financial losses caused by the defendants’ conduct.”
Viola Hill was sentenced today to 9 years, 1 month in prison, with credit for 16 months already served, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $622,900. She was convicted of these charges on April 24, 2009, upon her plea of guilty.
Adolphus Hill was sentenced today to 7 years in prison, with credit for 14 months already served, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $622,900. He was convicted of these charges on February 23, 2009, upon his plea of guilty.
Source: U.S. Attorney’s Office