- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - A contract worker for the Department of State and two other women are accused of stealing passport data in Texas and Georgia to set up fake identities.

A nine-count indictment returned Wednesday in Houston says the ID theft scheme targeted passport offices in Houston and Atlanta.

Chloe McClendon and Domonique Thomas faced federal court appearances Thursday in Houston. Prosecutors say Alicia Myles remains a fugitive.

The indictment charges the three Houston women with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Authorities say McClendon was a contract employee at the federal agency. The defendants allegedly used stolen passport information to help set up counterfeit IDs, then secured lines of credit to buy electronics and other items.

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