Washington DC May 7 2011 A former security guard at Howard University was sentenced to 180 days of home detention for her role in an identity theft ring.
Dawn Marshall, 27, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in D.C. She will be on electronic monitoring during the house arrest and was also ordered to pay $11,026 in restitution.
Marshall used her former job as security guard at Howard’s Health Sciences Library to steal sign-in sheets to get identifying information about students, who became victims in the scam, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors said Marshall was part of a D.C.-area identity theft and fraud ring that victimized more than 179 people and caused $1.2 million in fraudulent transactions between December 2006 and March 2010. They used stolen identification information to obtain credit, access bank accounts and pay bills and parking tickets, court records say.
She pleaded guilty in November. Seven other people connected with the ring have also pleaded guilty in the case, prosecutors said.
Dawn Marshall, who works as a security guard in the Georgetown area, as been charged with fraud, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy. She could face more than 30 years in prison, if convicted.
Marshall, along with a 48-year-old woman who has yet to be charged, are accused of stealing the identities to open fraudulent lines of credit for themselves and others. Investigators say they searched Marshall’s home and found a stack of credit card statements that were sent to her address, but listed various people as the card holder.