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Ex-Va. Wesleyan student sentenced for identity theft

 

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A former student at Virginia Wesleyan College student has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in federal prison for identity theft.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1EvpU4h) reports 29-year-old Katecha Thomas was sentenced Monday for her guilty plea last year to aggravated identity theft and misrepresentation of a Social Security number.

Court records show Thomas had unrestricted access to a database for students and alumni. She used the information to apply for credit cards and made cash withdrawals and purchases totaling more than $11,000.

Thomas attended Virginia Wesleyan from 2010 until August 2012, when the data breach was discovered. She was majoring in criminal justice and sociology.

Virginia Wesleyan spokeswoman Leona Baker says the school implemented more stringent security measures after the breach was discovered.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

 

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