Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced on Thursday, March 12, that 28-year-old Carlee Elise Kelly of Mesa was sentenced to 20 years in prison for her crimes related to the identity theft of four different women, according to a press release.
Her crimes include: fraudulent schemes and artifices, aggravated taking the identity of another person, forgery and theft. Ms. Kelly has a history of committing forgery offenses and those prior convictions contributed to the length of her sentence.
As stated in the release, from December 24, 2012 to December 28, 2012, Ms. Kelly cashed four different fraudulent checks written on a valid account belonging to Arizona Automobile Insurance Company. Ms. Kelly used the stolen identities of her victims to cash the fraudulent checks. The four checks totaled $1,653.25. The victims’ wallets or purses had previously been stolen with their identifications inside. Ms. Kelly used the victims’ names on the fraudulent AAIC checks and their stolen identifications to cash the checks at two Wal-Marts and a Check Smart store in Mesa. Ms. Kelly was captured on camera cashing the fraudulent checks.
“This is a reminder to always be on guard when it comes to protecting your personal information and property,” said General Brnovich. “Identity theft will not be tolerated by the Attorney General’s Office and there will be severe consequences for individuals who commit these crimes. I urge everyone to keep a close eye on their belongings in all public places.”
This case was investigated by the Arizona Department of Insurance Fraud Unit and prosecuted by Beverly Rudnick.
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