- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A Tacoma woman who used the identities of two disabled veterans to take their benefits was sentenced Friday in Tacoma to four years in federal prison.

The 32-year-old, Rebecca Bjorneby, pleaded guilty earlier this year to bank fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

The News Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1nXnLaQ ) she took more than $85,000 from the veterans and also victimized her grandmother and a former friend through fraudulent accounts.

Veterans Affairs investigator Dana Epperson told U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan that Bjorneby was the “most prolific and tenacious identity thief” he’s ever investigated.

Bjorneby apologized in court and said she was thinking about her children. Her lawyer says she has five children, some with special needs.

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Information from: The News Tribune, https://www.thenewstribune.com

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