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Mount Vernon Identity Thief Sentenced To Time In State Prison

Mount Vernon resident Simone Barrett Johnson was sentenced for stealing the identity of a woman in Ohio this week.
Mount Vernon resident Simone Barrett Johnson was sentenced for stealing the identity of a woman in Ohio this week. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - A Mount Vernon woman is heading to prison after stealing the identity of an Ohio resident for a weekend of fun festivities two years ago.

On Monday, acting Westchester County District Attorney James McCarty announced that Simone Barrett Johnson, 29, was sentenced to between two and four years in prison after being found guilty by a jury for assuming the identity of an Ohio woman between Thursday, Feb. 20 and Sunday, Feb 23 two years ago.

According to McCarty, Johnson used the victim’s Marion Community Credit Union Debit Card number to pay a $181 Time Warner Cable bill and to purchase nearly $400 in shoes from NastyGal.com by utilizing the victim’s name and address in Ohio as the billing address, while having the goods shipped to her Mount Vernon home.

The victim subsequently filed a police report with the Marion City Police Department that was shared with Mount Vernon investigators. A detective tracked down Johnson using her email address and street address from the purchases, and arrested her.

During the trial, witnesses from Ohio and Kentucky testified. According to McCarty, “through her actions, (Johnson) caused the victim, who earns approximately $400 per week, a financial loss of $533 dollars. Due to the nature of the theft, that money cannot be credited back to the victim or her credit union.”

Johnson was found guilty of a felony count of second-degree identity theft, and misdemeanor charges of unlawful possession of personal identification information and petit larceny. She has been remanded to the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections.

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