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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Woman gets 48 mos. in prison for ID theft, bank fraud

Rosalina M.T. Gabutin, 45, was sentenced on Jan. 6, 2014, in the District Court of Guam to 48 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for her conviction on multiple counts of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Gabutin was also ordered to pay $49,017.17 to the victims of her criminal conduct.

Gabutin worked as an administrative assistant between 2009 and 2010 with Golden Formosa Jewelry International Guam, which rents commercial property. She stole rental payments from her employer’s commercial tenants, forged checks, and negotiated them with financial institutions. She also forged her employer’s signature on some of the checks.

Gabutin was also ordered to serve an additional 10 months in prison for a 2010 bank fraud case on account that she committed the above-referenced new bank fraud and aggravated identity theft crimes while she was on supervised release with the U.S. Probation Office for the prior case.

Alicia A.G. Limtiaco, U.S. Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, stated: “Identity theft and related white collar and financial fraud crimes victimize individuals, financial institutions and merchants. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands and the Department of Justice are committed to combating identify theft and other white collar and financial fraud crimes. We will continue to dedicate federal resources effectively to prevent, investigate and prosecute the unlawful use of identifying information. Federal and local law enforcement are committed to protecting our community and consumers against theft, fraud and other related criminal activity.”

This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and was prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorney Marivic David. (USAO)

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