Ordered to pay $56,543.93 in restitution
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Logan County, Kentucky home care giver has been sentenced in U.S. District Court by U.S. District Judge Greg N. Stivers to 24 months in prison, followed by a one year period of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $56,543.93 for committing identity theft announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.
Crystal Hullett, age 39, of Russellville, pleaded guilty to five counts of aggravated identity theft before District Judge Stivers on September 2, 2015.
According to the plea agreement, Hullett was a home care giver to 92-year-old R.W. between June 2012 and January 2014. During that time, Hullett defrauded R.W. of money and property by making unauthorized purchases of personal items and gift cards at various merchants in Russellville, Kentucky by using R.W.’s debit card. Further, Hullett knowingly possessed and used the name, signature, and debit card of R.W. without lawful authority.
During sentencing, the United States moved for the dismissal of counts 1,2,3,4, and 5 of the indictment and agreed that the sentence of 24 months was appropriate. The restitution order of $56,543.93 was due at sentencing.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Judd and was investigated by United States Secret Service, United States Postal Inspection Service and the Russellville Police Department.