Leslie County finance company manager indicted in identity-theft scheme

bestep@herald-leader.comFebruary 27, 2014 

The manager of a finance company in Leslie County took part in a scheme to use other people's identification to get fraudulent loans, a federal grand jury charged Thursday.

The grand jury indicted Theresa Bowling, who managed Capitol Finance, on charges of conspiracy, identity theft and illegally using the driver's license numbers of other people.

Bowling took part in the scheme with Kendra Nicole Lewis, assistant manager at the loan company, and Deborah Wilson, who worked as a secretary at a London law firm and at a cleaning service, the indictment alleges.

The three got Social Security numbers and other information from files at the loan company; files stolen from the law firm; and from a bank where Wilson cleaned, the indictment charged.

Bowling and Lewis used the information to create fraudulent loan checks from the finance company, then cashed them, according to the indictment.

Lewis and Wilson were named in the indictment, but were not charged.

The alleged scheme took place between November 2008 and April 2009.

The conspiracy charge carries a sentence of up to 20 years, and the identity-theft charges have a top sentence of 15 years.

Bill Estep: (606) 678-4655. Twitter: @billestep1

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