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Woman Sentenced to Four Years for Scamming Scarsdale Couple

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – A woman convicted last summer of bilking an elderly Scarsdale couple out of tens of thousands of dollars was sentenced Monday to four years in prison, it was announced by Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Isabel Wilson was convicted of various crimes related to stealing the identities of the couple while serving as their live-in home health aide, then using those identities to open several credit cards. Wilson was convicted July 26 after a one-week trial in federal court.

According to court papers, Wilson was hired to care for the couple, who suffered from dementia, and used their names, social security numbers and dates of birth to open seven credit cards and to purchase more than $73,000 in luxury goods for her husband and herself, including plane tickets, furniture, clothing and the down payment on a Porsche.

According to a press release from Bharara, Wilson hid the scheme by having some of the credit card statements sent to a post office box near the couple's Scarsdale home. Wilson, who is Liberian, applied for the mailbox using a passport obtained using the identity of a woman from Rhode Island.

Wilson was convicted of access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, use of a passport obtained by fraud, use of a social security number assigned on the basis of false information, three counts of false statements to a federal officer and false claim to U.S. citizenship.

Assistant U.S. attorneys Douglas B. Bloom and Perry A. Carbone of the U.S. Attorney's White Plains Division were in charge of the prosecution.

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