Former Employee of The Oaks, Avante in Lynchburg Sentenced to Jail Time for Identity Theft

The Lynchburg News & Advance reported today that a Lynchburg woman will serve almost three years in prison on charges that she stole the identities of several elderly people she cared for at two Lynchburg-area assisted-living facilities.

Karen Priscilla Jones, 48, was sentenced to 34 months in prison and two years of supervised release, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She had pleaded guilty earlier this year to three counts of identity theft, two counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud and one count of forging an endorsement on a United States Treasury check.

She must also pay $9,132 in restitution and another $800 in special assessment fees.

Jones admitted to using personal information stolen from nine victims while she worked at The Oaks and Avante to open credit card accounts and to obtain services and merchandise. One of those victims is the mother of U.S. District Court Judge Norman Moon, who typically hears Lynchburg cases.

The indictment states that Jones ran the scam from April 2007 until November 2008.

“It is our duty as Federal prosecutors to ensure that those who prey on individuals who are unable to sufficiently protect themselves are brought to justice for their crimes,” said United States Attorney Julia C. Dudley in a news release. “Ms. Jones preyed on elderly patients who had placed their trust in her. It is the duty of this office to provide justice for these victims.” For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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