Rineyville woman pleads guilty to mail fraud, aggravated identity theft

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By The Staff

The News-Enterprise

LOUISVILLE — A Rineyville woman pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky announced Monday.

In her plea, Stacie Jo Smiley, 38, admitted between July 28, 2005 and Feb. 7, 2007, she devised and intended to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud Capital One, a financial institution, out of money and for obtaining property by means of false and fraudulent pretenses and representations, by fraudulently using someone else's identity to apply for and use a Capital One credit card.

During this scheme and for the purpose of executing the scheme, Smiley caused a credit card to be issued and delivered by the United States Postal Service to her residence. The indictment also alleges that during and in relation to the commission of mail fraud, Smiley knowingly transferred, possessed and used, without lawful authority, a means of identification of other individuals, including names and social security numbers to obtain and attempt to obtain credit cards for her personal use and benefit.

The maximum penalty is 20 years’ imprisonment for mail fraud and a consecutive 2 years’ imprisonment for identity theft, a $250,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of 3 years.

Smiley is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 1 at 11:00 a.m., in Louisville before United States District Judge Joseph H. McKinley III.