An Atlanta woman admits that she stole an NBA Player’s identity to claim $2.5 Million. She must be facing at least 20 years in prison, according to a US attorney’s office. Officials didn’t reveal the name of the NBA player whose identity was stolen.
Forged for a loan
Annie Ford of age 51 pleaded guilty in US District Court in New Jersey Friday to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. US Attorney Craig Carpenito’s office said in a statement Friday. He is the US attorney for the District of New Jersey.
Ford created phoney documents in the victim’s name and forged his signature on the loan application and related materials, officials said.
In October and November of 2013, Ford made fraudulent documents using the name of the victim, who at the time was a professional basketball player and a New Jersey resident. According to the indictment. The NBA player’s name was not mentioned in the charge.
Annie Ford forged and used the victim’s signature on multiple documents used in the loan application for claiming the loan. Including an escrow document that said $2.5 million investment would be deposited to the bank account of the Annie Ford, the US attorney’s office said.
In a conference call with the New York-based lending company, another participant in the scheme pretended to be the NBA player to help with the loan application, the indictment says.
Behind the bars
The forge fraud charge carries a punishment of imprisonment for 20 years and the exceptional amount of $2,50,000. The US attorney’s office said. Which would be served to any other prison term.
CNN has reached to Annie Ford’s attorney for comment. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 4, 2020, the US attorney’s office said. As of 2018, the most common type of identity theft was credit card fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission.