12-06-11 Woman Sentenced for ID Theft, Bank Fraud in
This news release from the US Attorney's Office references a
case investigated by Boise Police last January:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ON DECEMBER 6, 2011
CONTACT: PAMELA BEARG Public Information Officer
KEVIN MALONEY Assistant United States Attorney
California Woman Sentenced for Identity Theft and Bank Fraud in
BOISE - Janelyn Dasig, 27, of San
Francisco, California, was sentenced in United States District
Court in Boise today to 48 months in federal prison for bank fraud
and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson
announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge ordered Dasig to
serve five years of supervised release following her prison term
and pay $18,300 in restitution to the victims.
Dasig pleaded guilty on September 14,
2011. According to the plea agreement, Dasig entered Wells Fargo
bank branches located in Boise, Eagle and Nampa, Idaho, on four
separate occasions in January 2011 and impersonated bank customers
by presenting false identification showing her picture, but having
a genuine customer's name. Dasig used the customers' account
numbers to withdraw approximately $18,300. After the fraud was
detected, law enforcement authorities contacted the bank customers,
who confirmed Dasig was unknown to them and had no authority to
withdraw funds from their accounts.
"Identity theft disrupts lives, creates
financial havoc and causes undue emotional stress for victims,"
said Olson. "Those who commit this crime, like Ms. Dasig, will be
prosecuted and punished. I commend the cooperative efforts of the
Secret Service, Boise Police Department and Wells Fargo Bank for
stopping this ring of identity thieves in their tracks."
Dasig was arrested on January 13, 2011,
near a Wells Fargo Bank on Eagle Road. In her possession was an
envelope containing two valid Wells Fargo account numbers belonging
to bank customers. At the time of her arrest, Dasig was accompanied
by another woman, Luisa Lamonthe, who had attempted to impersonate
a customer at that bank. Lamonthe, 29, of Oakland, California, was
charged in a separate indictment with a male co-defendant, Justine
Lawrenz Lingatong, 24, of Carson, California. Lamonthe pled guilty
on November 9 to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. She is
scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Lodge on January 23, 2012.
Lingatong was arraigned in federal court on November 28. His jury
trial is set to begin on January 24.
Bank fraud carries a maximum punishment
of up to 30 years in prison, a fine up to $1 million, and up to
five years supervised release. Aggravated identity theft carries a
mandatory minimum term of two years in prison, consecutive to other
counts, a maximum fine of $250,000,
and a term of supervised release for up to one year.
The case was investigated by U.S. Secret
Service and the Boise Police Department, with assistance from Wells
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