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Southern District of Florida
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June 11, 2015

Broward Resident Sentenced for Stealing Personally Identifiable Information of Magazine Subscription Customers

A Broward resident was sentenced to 34 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for her participation in an identity theft fraud scheme involving the personally identifiable information (PII) of magazine subscription customers.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Miami Field Office, made the announcement.

Eartha Ann Worthy, 29, previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

According to court documents, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at a residence and found the PII belonging to 36 individuals, including their names, addresses, credit card information, dates of birth or social security numbers, on order sheets (taken from a direct call telemarketing center) related to magazine subscriptions. The owner of the residence explained that Worthy was employed as a supervisor with a company that sells magazine subscriptions and that Worthy was the source of the PII.

Worthy admitted to providing information to the residence’s owner and stated that she knew that the information she was providing was being used for fraudulent purposes. Worthy stated that the residence’s owner used the stolen credit card information to pay bills and make small purchases. Worthy also provided PII to another individual, who was involved in a tax refund fraud scheme.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI and the FBI. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia R. Wood.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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