Former Española banker pleads guilty in identity theft case

Posted: December 29, 2010 in Uncategorized
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The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque just sent out a press release about an Española banker who pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in federal court to an identity theft charge.

Prosecutors say Roberta Dunsworth, 53, was employed at Well Fargo Bank in Española when she used a customer’s ID to obtain credit and debit cards and eventually transfer funds to her account.

She faces two years in prison and must pay $26,159.60 in restitution.

In exchange for her guilty plea to one count, 13 other charges will be dropped, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Here is the press release just sent out:

This morning, Roberta Dunsworth, 53, a resident of Espanola, New Mexico, pleaded guilty to a federal aggravated identity theft charge before United States Magistrate Judge Lorenzo F. Garcia under a plea agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office. Dunsworth entered her guilty plea to Count 11 of a fourteen-count superseding indictment charging her with ten counts of bank fraud, two counts of aggravated identity theft, and two counts of fraudulent use of unauthorized access devices. Under the terms of Dunsworth’s plea agreement, the remaining thirteen counts of the superseding indictment will be dismissed at the time of sentencing, which has yet to be scheduled. Dunsworth faces a two-year term of imprisonment at sentencing and will be required to pay restitution in the amount of $26,159.60.

United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that Dunsworth was employed as at the Wells Fargo Bank in Espanola, NM, when the offenses charged in the superseding indictment occurred. In her plea agreement, Dunsworth admitted that, between October 28, 2008 through March 24, 2009, while she was employed at the Wells Fargo Bank, she unlawfully used the identity of a bank customer, without the customer’s knowledge or authorization, to obtain a credit card and a debit card and to open bank accounts as part of the bank fraud violation charged in Count 1 of the superseding indictment.

In the plea agreement, Dunsworth explains that she transferred money belonging to the Wells Fargo Bank from a line of credit into a checking account and then withdrew the money through ATM transactions for her personal use. Dunsworth also explains that she used the credit card to obtain cash advances for her personal use. She admits unlawfully obtaining approximately $16,766.19 by using the falsely acquired debit and credit cards.

However, in the plea agreement, Dunsworth stipulates that the total loss suffered by Wells Fargo Bank as a result of her criminal conduct is $26,159.60.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspector Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mary L. Higgins.

  1. Christopher says:

    I’m never going to that bank again!

  2. pulekha says:

    Identity theft has become a major, major problem! And living without protection is like living in a crime infested neighborhood and not having protection on your home. You would probably at least have a really good guard dog and a fence right? Well, not protecting your identity today is the equivalent of living in that neighborhood and refusing to even lock your door. It’s so sad that it’s come to this, but there are always tradeoffs in life. Because we want better medical coverage and a nicer car we pay more to protect and insure them.
    Likewise, with something as amazing as the World Wide Web there come tradeoffs also. One tradeoff for us having access to almost everything is that others have access to almost everything about us, our information. And that includes our personal information like social security numbers, banking information and even your medical and criminal history.
    Luckily there is a lot of information out to help us understand and protect ourselves from these heartless criminals. Here is an informational website put together to help you and your family. We hope you find it helpful. ID theft

  3. mikey says:

    i think they say another person was involved in this? Correct me if i am wrong, they said another female?. I hate theives and for one to take advantage this is supposed to be some one you TRUST!!

  4. […] And here is a similar link to a blog post in December that was also based on a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release: Former Española banker pleads guilty in identity theft case […]

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