Two indicted in aggravated id theft

In Alabama, Sharlie Felecia Hyde and Tiffany Michelle Howard have been charged in a federal three-count indictment for aggravated identity theft and credit card fraud.

Count One charges credit card fraud. Between June 27, 2005 and August 11, 2005, Hyde and Howard aided and abetted each other in changing the credit card account information of a Capital One Credit Card Company account holder. Hyde and Howard then used the account number and information to obtain monies, merchandise and services, as specified in Count 2, aggravated identity theft.

The maximum sentence for count one is 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Count Two carries a sentence of not less than 2 years imprisonment to be run consecutively to Count One, and a $250,000 fine. Count Three specifies a forfeiture amount of $95,744.03.

Special Agents of the U.S. Secret Service investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Patrick Carney is prosecuting the case.

An indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

Source: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Alabama

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