Md. Woman Sentenced To 5 Years For $2.6M Fraud

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for using several identities to defraud banks, lenders, insurers and the Social Security Administration of $2.6 million.

The Capital of Annapolis reports that 59-nine-year-old Winnie Joanne Barefoot of Annapolis was also ordered to pay restitution at sentencing on Monday.

Prosecutors say that from 2005 through 2009, Barefoot used stolen identities to take out loans on three properties in Annapolis, falsely representing her ability to repay the loans. Prosecutors say she also provided false information to the Social Security Administration to receive disability benefits and used
false information to apply for lines of credit for a business that fraudulently billed health insurers for physician services that were never provided.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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