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Philadelphia woman sentenced in identity theft scheme

ALBANY – A Philadelphia woman, who was involved in a large scale identity theft ring in the Capital District, was sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison on Friday.

The scheme involving Ann Grice, 40, of Philadelphia, and a co-conspirator, John Windle, were also involved in an identity theft incident where they victimized an elderly woman in a Poughkeepsie supermarket.

Windle was sentenced in January 2010 to five years and 10 months in federal prison.

The two, and others, were involved in a scheme where one distracted an elderly woman in a store while another stole the woman’s credit cards and false ID was created with a laptop in their vehicle.  They then bought electronics, miscellaneous merchandise and gift cards under the victim’s name and resold the items on the Internet.

They must also make full restitution of over $23,400.


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