Phenix City woman sentenced in identity theft ring

MONTGOMERY, AL (WTVM) – A Phenix City woman has been sentenced in an Alabama Federal Court to 6 months in prison for her part in an identity theft ring.

Patience Denise Minor, 51, of Phenix City, Alabama, Patrick Rashaud Thomas, 24, of Milledgeville, Georgia, and Shameka Lashay Thomas, 27 of Sylvester, Georgia were sentenced in federal court Monday for their involvement in an identity theft ring.

Patience Denise Minor received a sentence of six months in prison, Patrick Thomas was sentenced to 28 months in prison, and Shameka Thomas received three years of supervised release for her participation in the scheme.

Over the course of two years, the three conspirators used the personal information of more than 30 victims to open up 87 fraudulent credit card accounts.

They collectively stole more than $13,000 and gained access to over $75,000 worth of credit before being caught by law enforcement.

The identity theft scheme was carried out by obtaining stolen personal identifying information and then using that information to apply for Capitol One credit cards under false pretenses. They would then direct those credit cards to be sent to addresses used by other conspirators.

Patrick Thomas, who was aiding the other conspirators from inside a Georgia prison where he is serving time for unrelated felony convictions, would sometimes have money from the credit cards placed on his prison commissary account.

Patience Minor was on probation for insurance fraud at the time of this offense.  Court records indicate that Minor used the fraudulent credit cards from this scheme to pay off some of her probation costs from her previous conviction.

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