NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – One of the insiders involved in a major identity theft ring that stole the identities of over a thousand victims and stole over $2 million from various banks has been sentenced.
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The ring relied on corrupt employees at banks, a car dealership, and a real estate company.
For her part, Tracey Nelson, 25, worked for UJA-Federation of New York.
She had access to information about wealthy donors. She pleaded guilty to selling that information about 200 of those donors to other defendants who used it to withdraw money from the victims’ bank accounts.
“The idea that people were donating their hard earned money to a charity and then becoming victims of crime made that especially appalling to us,” said Deputy Ins. Greg Antonsen of the NYPD’s Financial Crimes Task Force.
Nelson’s guilty plea got her a sentence of six to 18 years.
Her attorney told the court that she’s had a very tough life, but she needed this wake up call to turn her life around.
Nelson told the court that not a day goes by that she doesn’t feel saddened and remorseful for her actions.