2 women face sentencing in identity theft case

JACKSON — Two women faced federal sentencing Friday in scheme in which one of them stole the identity of someone she met at a women’s shelter and used it to rip off people, businesses and charities.

Prosecutors said the women used the stolen identity to open accounts at four banks and cashed counterfeit checks, some drawn on the accounts of individuals, businesses and charities, through those accounts.

They used some of the money to try to buy a Cadillac Escalade from a dealer in Michigan.

Bria Danielle Morris pleaded guilty in July to mail fraud, bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy charges.

Coleman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

The Associated Press