KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KSNT) — Two people have been charged with using stolen identities to sign phone contracts that qualified them to buy iPhones at a deep discount, said Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall.
On Wednesday, 29-year-old Ashley K. Lavallee from Candia, N.H. and 22-year-old Jay Leon from Englewood, N.J. were charged in separate indictments with one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identify theft.
One of the indictments alleges that Lavallee used a stolen identity to sign up for phone service with AT&T at store in Overland Park, Kan. The other indictment alleges Leon used a stolen identity to sign up for phone service at an Overland Park Best Buy.
In they are convicted of wire fraud, each will face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. For the aggravated identity theft charge, the would face two years consecutive to other counts and a fine up to $250,000.
The U.S. Secret Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley is prosecuting.