- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Two southwest Missouri women have admitted using stolen identities to obtain credit cards on which they spent nearly $61,000.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 35-year-old Kelly Marie Lockhart, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated identity theft. Forty-year-old Stacy R. Rosa, also of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to the same charge Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors said the women stole the personal information of 20 people, including bank account and Social Security numbers, between April 2012 and January of this year. Lockhart and Rosa admitted using the information to obtain credit cards in the victims’ names, then using them for cash advances and purchases.

In one instance, Lockhart used the unauthorized credit card to get a $3,600 cash advance.

Both women face minimum sentences of two years in federal prison.



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