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Carol Silva, 55, of Westbury, Mass., used stolen credit cards, checks, account numbers, driver’s licenses and Social Security cards to steal up to $30,000 from 10 persons in the Washington area from March to July 2006. She faces a maximum sentence of 32 years in prison when sentenced Aug. 29.

Authorities think Silva was part of a larger ring that would pick women’s pockets or steal their personal belongings from places such as supermarkets or the Metro system.

Silva was arrested in Boston in November. Another woman, Jacqueline Belim, 46, of Capitol Heights, pleaded guilty to the same charges in April. Belim’s husband, Charles Belim, the accused ringleader, remains at large.

From wire dispatches and staff reports