Osage Beach woman sentenced for stealing checks, identities

10 months 1 week 14 hours ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 3:04:53 PM CST November 16, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — An Osage Beach woman was sentenced to three years in federal prison without parole for using stolen mail and stolen identities to cash fraudulent checks.

Federal prosecutors say 27-year-old Chrystal Lynn Bernstein was sentenced Thursday for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. She was ordered to pay $13,101 in restitution to her victims.

In a plea hearing in May, Bernstein admitted she obtained stolen mail and used stolen identities to cash and deposit checks at several banks in Boone and Camden Counties.

She also admitted she altered the payee on some of the stolen checks to cash them in the names of a mother and daughter in California whose identities she had stolen. And she deposited a stolen check into a fraudulent bank account opened under another person's name.

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