Members Of Identity Theft Ring Are Sentenced To Prison

Members Of Identity Theft Ring Operating In Three States Are Sentenced To Prison

CHARLOTTE, N.C (STL.News) Four members of an identity theft ring operating in at least three states have been sentenced to prison, announced William T. Stetzer, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney sentenced Dayton Louis Kolczak, 29, and Heather Westerfield, 37, both of Charlotte, to 71 months and 57 months in prison, respectively, and ordered each to serve three years under court supervision.  Both Kolczak and Westerfield previously pleaded guilty to bank and wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft charges.  Two other co-defendants, Kenneth D. Bennett-Rosario, 45, of Charlotte, and Jessica Bailey Sowell, 28, also of Charlotte, previously pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft.  Bennett-Rosario was sentenced to 39 months in prison, and Sowell was ordered to serve 24 months for their role in the scheme.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, the ring operated in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and elsewhere, between October 2018 and September 2019.  Court records show that Sowell and others in the ring obtained personal identification information (PII) of actual persons by various means, including stealing mail, over the internet, through real estate listings, and other public records. 

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