- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Suffolk woman will spend more than five years in prison after pleading guilty to participating in an identity theft scheme.

U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente says 56-year-old Sheila Clark Lewis also must pay more than $99,000 in restitution.

Lewis had pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. She was sentenced on Monday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk.

According to court records, Lewis acquired about 200 patients’ identity information and used it to make fraudulent credit card purchases at department stores between November 2012 and September 2013. The information was obtained from co-defendant Shavika Thompson’s employer, a telephone answering and messaging service that catered to medical service practices and doctors.

Thompson is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 12.

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