MANHATTAN (CN) – A health-care aide who lived with two elderly demented people in Scarsdale stole their identities and bought herself $73,000 worth of stuff with their credit cards, including a down payment on a Porsche, a federal judge ruled after a 3-day trial.
Isabel Wilson was convicted this week of fraud, aggravated identity theft and other crimes. She faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years and a maximum sentence of 50 years and a $250,000 fine.
Wilson was hired in 2005 to live with and care for the elderly couple in Scarsdale, both of whom suffered from dementia. She used their names and Social Security numbers to open seven credit cards in their names and buy herself and her husband all sorts of stuff, including plane tickets, furniture, and a down payment Porsche, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in announcing her conviction.
Wilson, a native of Liberia, also lied about her citizenship status and got a U.S. passport using the identity of a third victim. To get the passport, Wilson changed that woman’s name to her own, first, in Queens County Court, though that victim lives in Rhode Island.
The Secret Service, the State Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, The Social Security Administration, U.S. Marshals and the Post Office all were involved in tracking Wilson down.
She will be sentenced on Halloween.