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A Logan County home care giver pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court this week to identity theft and agreed to serve a 24 month prison sentence and agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $56,543.93 announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.
Crystal Hullett, age 38, of Russellville, pleaded guilty to five counts of aggravated identity theft before U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers on Sept. 2, 2015.
According to the plea agreement, Hullett was a home care giver to the victim R.W. between June 2012 and January 2014. During that time, Hullett defrauded R.W. of money and property by making unauthorized purchases of personal items and gift cards at various merchants in Russellville, Ky. by using R.W.’s debit card. Further, Hullett knowingly possessed and used the name, signature, and debit card of R.W. without lawful authority.
At the time of sentencing, the United States will move for the dismissal of counts 1,2,3,4, and 5 of the indictment and agree that a sentence of 24 months is appropriate. The restitution order of $56,543.93 is due at the time of sentencing on Jan. 12, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. in Bowling Green, before Judge Stivers.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Judd and is being investigated by the United States Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Russellville Police Department.
In the plea agreement Hullett, and her attorney, Pat Bouldin, have agreed upon the following:
1. Defendant acknowledges that she has been charged in the Indictment in this case with violations of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1343 (Wire Fraud) and 1028A (Aggravated Identity Theft).
2. Defendant has read the charges against her contained in the Superseding
Indictment, and those charges have been fully explained to her by her attorney. Defendant fully understands the nature and elements of the crimes with which she has been charged.
3. Defendant will enter a voluntary plea of guilty to Counts 6 through 10 in this case. Defendant will plead guilty because she is in fact guilty of the charges. The parties agree to the following factual basis for this plea:
Crystal Hullett was a home care giver to the victim R.W. between June 2012 to January 2014.
Hullett, executed a scheme and artifice to defraud R.W. of money and property by making two unauthorized purchases of personal items and gift cards at various merchants including Walmart and Walgreens in Russellville, Ky. by using R.W.’s debit card. That in advancing, furthering, and carrying out the scheme, Hullett caused the transmission of wire communications in interstate commerce on the following dates and amounts from First Southern National Bank in Russellville, Ky., to U.S. Bank located in Nashville, Tenn.:
1. 08/28/2013 $316.32
2. 09/04/2013 $421.76
3. 10/09/2013 $421.76
4. 11/06/2013 $264.82
5. 12/23/2013 $250.00
During and in relation to the commission of wire fraud identified by the aforementioned dates and identified in Counts 1 through 5 of the indictment, Crystal Hullett, knowingly possessed and used the name, signature, and debit card of R.W., means of identification of another person, that she knew belonged to a real person, without lawful authority.