Non-profit worker sentenced for ID theft of homeless people

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PORTLAND, OR – Roychelle Brown was sentenced Monday to 24 months in prison for aggravated identity theft.

The 45-year-old woman was found guilty in a scheme that targeted veterans and homeless individuals who sought help at the non-profit charity she worked for.

Central City Concern (CCC), the charity that used to employ Brown, is dedicated to helping Portland residents who are impacted by homelessness, poverty and addictions. They offer housing options, social services, recovery and employment. Their clients include families, individuals and veterans.

According to court documents, Brown collected information from individuals she believed had died.  She gave the sensitive data to her sister, Tataneisha White, who used it to file fraudulent tax returns.

Brown previously pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft in December 2016 and was awaiting sentencing.

Portland’s Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Stuart M. Goldberg, of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Billy Williams for the District of Oregon announced Brown’s sentencing Monday.

In addition to the prison time for the aggravated identity theft, Brown was ordered to serve one year of supervised release. She must also pay $2,000 in restitution to CCC for costs it was exposed to as a result of Brown’s criminal behavior.

White was previously sentenced in October 2015 .  She will serve 37 months in prison for her role in the tax refund fraud scheme.

Acting DA Goldberg and Williams commended agents of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation for their successful investigation, as well as prosecutors Lori A. Hendrickson and Ryan Raybould of the Tax Division for the conviction.

H/T: Department of Justice

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