WACO (August 14, 2014) A Killeen-area woman was sentenced to federal prison time Wednesday after she earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit identity theft as part of a cable television scheme.
U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., sentenced Zequoria Waynette Anthony to serve 2 years in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years on supervised, ordered her to pay $1,128,610.65 in restitution and $100 in special assessment to the court.
Smith acted one Count Four of a four-count indictment and dismissed the remainder of the charges, the sentencing document says.
Anthony pleaded guilty June 19 to conspiring with another man to conducting door-to-door sales of cable television and other communications services supposedly in behalf of national companies such as Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Comcast and Cox Communications.
In a document presented at the plea hearing, government prosecutors say Anthony and her co-defendant would generate bogus accounts for customers, which allowed them to illegally obtain commissions for the sales.
The conspirators also would steal identifying information from customers and set up other illegal accounts to gain yet more profit.
The scheme went undetected until a customer defaulted on one of the accounts and auditors were able to uncover the fraud.
The scheme touched several parts of the country from New Hampshire to Killeen, the document said.
Investigators were able to tie fraudulent accounts from customers in Pennsylvania to addresses in Waco and Killeen.