Mass. Woman, Cousin Charged in Identity Theft Plot

The U.S. Attorney's Office issued the following press release, Thursday:

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A home healthcare provider and her cousin have been named in a  32-count federal indictment alleging they stole the identity of a Bristol, R.I., man and used it to steal nearly $36,000 from his bank account. Juliet Rose Levesque of Fall River, Mass., and her cousin, Paul McKenzie of Rex, Georgia, were indicted Wednesday by a Providence federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy, identity fraud, bank fraud and wire fraud.

It is alleged in the indictment that Juliet Rose Levesque, who was providing in-home nursing services to the victim in his Bristol home, and her cousin, Paul McKenzie, conspired to steal the victim's identification and steal funds from the victim's Rhode Island bank account. It is alleged they used the victim's identity to steal his funds from his bank account electronically. It is alleged the thefts took place between April 2009 and August 2009.  

If convicted, the defendants face the potential of maximum penalties of 30 years imprisonment and 3 years supervised release on each count of wire fraud; 30 years imprisonment and 3 years supervised on the charge of bank fraud; 15 years imprisonment and 3 years supervised release on the charge of identity fraud; and 5 years imprisonment and 3 years supervised release on the charge of conspiracy.

An indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Arraignment dates are not yet scheduled. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Luis M. Matos.

The matter was investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigation Division, Northeast Field Office; Bristol Police; and the Clayton County, Georgia Police Department.