Sisters sentenced in federal identity theft, fraud case
BATON ROUGE - A U. S. District judge sentenced two Baton Rouge sisters to four years in federal prison apiece for running a three-year, six-figure credit card scheme.
U. S. Attorney Don Cazayoux Jr. said Trachell Brown was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for bank fraud and and aggravated identity theft. He said her sister, Trevia Brown, was previously sentenced on Nov. 2 to 48 months in prison for the same charges.
Cazayoux said the pair were also ordered to pay almost $149,000 in restitution to ten different financial institutions who lost money through the sisters' scheme.
The Browns were convicted of creating more than 20 unauthorized credit cards using stolen personal information between 2007 and 2010. The pair spent nearly $148,000 using the cards before they were caught.
Cazayoux said the case was brought about by a lengthy investigation from the U. S. Postal Inspection Service.