3 face identity theft, fraud charges in Alabama court

Identity fraud (File: CBS)
Identity fraud (File: CBS)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Three suspects face charges in federal court for their involvement in an identity theft ring, according to a press release by the U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Alabama Office.

The release says 51-year-old Patience Denise Minor from Phenix City, 27-year-old Shameka Lashey Thomas from Sylvester, Georgia and 24-year-old Patrick Rashaud Thomas from Georgia allegedly used the personal identities of various victims to open credit card accounts without their knowledge.

U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama George L. Beck Jr. says the three used the information to open Capitol One credit cards then send them to addresses used by other conspirators.

Beck says evidence shows the suspects used the profits from this scam for personal benefit. Patrick Thomas would sometimes have proceeds from the credit cards placed on his prison commissary account, according to court documents.

If convicted, each suspect faces up to thirty years in prison, as well as significant fines and restitution.

Law enforcement continues to investigate how the three managed to seal personal information.


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