On Aug. 14, U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler announced the conviction and sentencing of Arielle Wilkerson, Fishers. Wilkerson, 25, was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison after admitting to charges that she used the identities of victims throughout the U.S. to obtain new and take-over current credit cards and other financial instruments for her own personal benefit, such as purchasing gift cards, airline tickets and other items.
“This sentence sends a strong message to those out there who steal victims’ identities and profit from the use of those identities, that this behavior is illegal and those who do so will face real consequences,” Minkler stated. “Protecting the public from the illegal use of personal information to commit fraud is a priority of this office.”
Wilkerson used her scheme from 2012 through March 16, 2018. At the sentencing hearing, the court called Wilkerson a “consumer’s worst nightmare.”
U.S. Postal Inspection Service and members of the Indiana Financial Fraud and Identity Theft Task Force investigated the case.
In total, due to Wilkerson’s schemes, the banks suffered actual losses totaling at least $115,360.38 and at least another $41,500.00 in attempted loss. Upon completing her sentence, Wilkerson will serve four years of supervised release.