BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Tancy Taylor, 40, of Buffalo, N.Y., pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito, Jr., who is handling the case, stated that during the process of renting out her home, located at , N.Y., the defendant obtained identifying information, such as social security numbers, dates of birth and employer information, from prospective tenants. Taylor used that information to open on-line bank accounts at two local banks by stealing their identities and posing on-line as the prospective tenants. More than 100 bank accounts were linked to Taylor and this scheme.
The plea is the result of a investigation by Special Agents of the Secret Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Tracy Gast.
Sentencing is scheduled for 6/25/12 at 1:00 p.m. in Buffalo, N.Y. before Judge Arcara.