Woman Uses Mom’s Identity to Commit Mortgage Fraud

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Susan Feaman, Ellis Grove, Illinois, formerly of Perryville, Missouri, has pleaded guilty to charges of interstate transportation of stolen property and identity theft.

On March 6, 2006, a detective from the Perryville, Missouri, Police Department obtained a search warrant for the residence of Susan Feaman in Perryville. The warrant was based upon Feaman’s criminal conduct in using forged prescriptions to obtain controlled substance prescription drugs. In executing the search warrant, officers seized materials relating to the forged prescription conduct, as well as materials reflecting Feaman’s use of her mother’s name and social security number. Her mother has lived in another state for many years. In the time frame from October 1, 2005, to December 31, 2005, Feaman used the the name, social security number and credit worthiness of her mother to obtain a loan in the amount of $145,000, to purchase the residence in Perryville, Missouri. In addition to the residential loan, Feaman used her mother’s identification information to obtain credit cards and to make credit transactions with approximately twenty-five companies. She made $271,000 in fraudulent credit purchases and other transactions in 2005 and 2006.

As part of the investigation in this case, Feaman was prosecuted in Perry County on felony charges relating to the forged prescriptions. She plead guilty and was sentenced to four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. She served that sentence and was paroled.

From April 1, 2009, through April 12, 2009, Feaman stole a series of Steuben Crystal glass figurines from the Sallie Home store in Ladue, Missouri, which she took to her home in Ellis Grove IL. She sold some of the items on E-Bay and kept some others. The figurines had a value of $15,120.

Feaman now faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000 for interstate transportation of stolen property and 15 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000 for identity theft. Sentencing has been set for February 5, 2010.

Acting United States Attorney Michael W. Reap commended the work performed on the case by the United States Secret Service, United States Postal Inspection Service, the Perryville and Ladue Police Departments and Assistant United States Attorney James E. Crowe, Jr., who is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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