A 41-year-old Sheboygan, Wisc. woman has been charged with five counts of identity theft for renting an apartment and setting up utilities using the identity of a woman her daughter robbed in 2003.
Yvonne H. Johnson was charged with using identity theft for financial gain, five counts, with each count carrying a maximum penalty of three years in prison. Her current whereabouts are unknown, and warrants have been issued for each count she is charged with.
According to the complaint, the identity theft stemmed from a robbery that took place in Milwaukee in 2003 in which a Social Security card and other identifying information were stolen from a then-17-year-old girl. The victim filed an identity theft report in August 2009 after being contacted by collections agencies about services set up under her name in Sheboygan from 2007 to 2009.
One of the people arrested for the burglary in 2003 was Johnson’s daughter, who was a teenager at the time.
Police discovered last year that Johnson had used a misspelling of the Milwaukee woman’s name to rent an apartment in 2007. She also used the name and Social Security number to sign up for services from Alliant Energy, Charter Communications, Wisconsin Public Service and Direct TV. Johnson accumulated bills totaling $3,966 under the victim’s name.
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