GREENVILLE, S.C. — A former South Carolina housekeeper pled guilty today in federal court to stealing and using her employer's identity.
Shirley Ann Rogers, 52, of Greenville was found guilty of one count of fraudulently using another persons debit card without permission and one count of using another persons name and personal identification number to complete the debit card fraud, according to a press release from US Attorney Bill Nettles.
Senior United States District Judge G. Ross Anderson, Jr. accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed a presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
Had the case gone to trial, the government was prepared to show that during and before September 2012, the Rogers had been employed as a housekeeper for the victim who resided in Greenville.
Near the end of August, 2012, the victims bank sent to her at her home address a new debit card in the victims name. A personal identification number was also provided, according to the release.
On Sept. 7, 2012, the new debit card was activated from a mobile telephone used by Rogers. On Sept. 13, a telephonic inquiry into the checking account balance associated with the debit card was made from a home telephone number used by Rogers. Between Sept. 7 and 17, 2012, using the victims name and PIN, the card was utilized in a least 15 transactions to secure from commercial enterprises that do business in interstate commerce more than $1000 in goods and services. There are surveillance videos in at least five of the transactions in which the participant appears to be Rogers, the release states.
On Sept. 17, 2012, the victim met Shirley Ann Rogers at the bank. In the presence of a bank employee, Rogers returned the debit card and admitted that she had mistakenly used it. Nettles stated the maximum penalty Rogers can receive on the count of fraudulently using the debit card is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment for 15 years, plus a special assessment of $100; and on the identity theft count, a mandatory term of imprisonment for 2 years consecutive to any other term of imprisonment imposed for the other count, plus a special assessment of $100.
The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Greenville County Sheriffs Office. Assistant United States Attorney William C. Lucius of the Greenville office handled the case.