Woman Charged in Identity Theft Stemming from 2002 Purse Snatching

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A woman authorities say is in the country illegally has been indicted in Birmingham on charges that she stole the identity of a woman whose purse was stolen from a Wal-Mart in 2002 in Florence, the Times Daily reports.

Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers have spent years preparing the defense cases of clients charged with all kinds of crimes. And as crimes such as identity theft become more technologically advanced, the government continues to use the many tools at its disposal to fight these crimes and bring prosecutions. That’s why aggressively fighting Birmingham white collar crimes is crucial to making sure prosecutors are held accountable for the charges they bring.


According to news reports, a Russellville woman’s identity was stolen after her purse was snatched at the Wal-Mart store in Florence in 2002. In 2005, authorities told her someone was using her identity and prosecutors allege it was the woman a federal grand jury recently indicted.

They say she was living in other places in the area and moved to Illinois and other states. FBI agents wouldn’t say why they believe this woman stole the woman’s identity. She faces two years on each of the two counts of aggravated identity theft and a fine of $250,000 on each count. The woman is also charged with giving false information to federal authorities, which is punishable by up to five years in federal prison.

As the Internet has become a major part of our lives and as it has become more accessible than ever, it has become an avenue for people to commit crime. But not everyone charged with Internet-based crimes is guilty. In fact, an arrest or an indictment is merely a charge and shows no proof of guilt.  Before making any decisions, call our law firm.

Federal authorities in particular have a vast array of resources at their disposal to try to secure prosecutions. And federal charges are typically more severe than those brought in state court.

But authorities are often incorrect or don’t have enough proof to secure convictions for people charged with these high-tech and often complex cases. Because the Internet is prone to hackers and people posing as others, it is sometimes possible that the person charged had nothing to do with the crime. Sometimes people can gain access to their computers and commit crimes with software when the user has no idea it is even happening. It’s scary, but it happens.

So, defending against these charges is vital. And that’s why you need to consult with Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers as soon as you find out you are being investigated or as soon as you are arrested. We will consult with you, study your case, prepare a defense and be ready if charges are filed.


Additional Resources:

Woman charged with ID theft, By Tom Smith, Times Daily

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