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Gainesville woman sentenced on federal identity theft charges

2:33 PM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Gainesville woman was sentenced Wednesday to federal prison on federal identity theft charges.

Regina Ward, 31, is set to serve 13 months for United States Treasury check fraud, fraud against the United States and identity theft, according to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill.

Ward in February 2012 sold a Treasury check valued at $12,727.81 and written out to another individual to an undercover agent for $6,500. The agent posed as a person who was capable of cashing such checks without proper identification.

At another meeting with the undercover agent later that month, Ward sold the identities of 10 individuals for $850 each to file false tax returns, according to the release. Information included in these sales included date of birth, name and Social Security number.

After her time in prison, Ward is sentenced to serve three years of supervised release. She must also pay $6,500 to the Internal Revenue Service.

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