Massachusetts woman pleads guilty to identity theft charges


BOSTON >> A former Blackstone woman has pleaded guilty to her role in a scheme to steal the personal information of clients of the human resources consulting firm where she worked.

Federal prosecutors say 29-year-old Jasmine Banks pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit identity theft and access device fraud.

Sentencing was scheduled for June 22. She faces a maximum of five years in prison.

Prosecutors say while Banks worked as a customer service employee for Mercer Inc., in Norwood, she had access to the personal information of clients. Authorities say she provided names, addresses, and bank account information of about 270 people to a co-conspirator. In many cases, she also provided birth dates and Social Security numbers. In one case, more than $23,000 was fraudulently withdrawn from a 401(k) account.


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