A North Carolina attorney and two others were charged with creating identities to open financial accounts and make purchases they refused to pay for, according to federal prosecutors.
The US Attorney’s Office in Raleigh said in a press release that Tiffany Dawn Russell, 41, of Durham, was charged with conspiracy on bank fraud and other criminal offenses. She appeared before a federal judge this week.
According to the indictment, Russell and the others applied for loans and credit cards with Social Security numbers that were not issued to them by Social Security. Russell also joined the others in using fraudulently received credit cards to make payments for their plastic surgery in 2016.
The indictment also states that Russell said in loan applications that she lived in Florence, South Carolina when she actually lived in North Carolina.
The three were also accused of multiple bank frauds for using their false identities to purchase vehicles, lawn equipment and electronics.
If convicted, they face the maximum legal penalties for conspiracy and any bank fraud count of 30 years in prison, a $ 1 million fine, restitution, and forfeiture.
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