Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader
A 35-year-old Beaumont woman has pleaded guilty to identity theft in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales on Monday.
Melissa Williams Lewis pleaded guilty to identity theft charges today before U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.
According to information presented in court, law enforcement officers determined that on May 8, 2006, an individual had made a fraudulent application for credit to Chase Bank using the name of another person. An investigation revealed that the person whose identity was being used, had been a patient at a particular healthcare provider in Beaumont and that Lewis was at that location. After Lewis was arrested for outstanding warrants, a search of her purse and vehicle revealed handwritten notes and other personal identifying information pertaining to the person whose identity was fraudulently being used at the bank. Lewis was indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 1, 2010 and charged with identity theft.
Lewis faces up to five years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.