Mom gets 8 years in ID theft from family members – Post

By James D. Wolf Jr.
Post-Tribune correspondent

April 5, 2014 3:36PM

Updated: April 6, 2014 2:05AM

VALPARAISO — The theft of her identity did not just affect the young woman’s credit rating, it also brought the loss of her mother, who was the one who stole her identity.

Porter Superior Judge William Alexa almost rejected the plea agreement for Tammy Brewer, 37, of Portage, telling her on Friday that the victims, which included an 80-year-old man, Brewer’s ex-husband and her four daughters, deserved more than the plea agreement’s eight-year sentence.

However, Alexa ordered that she remain incarcerated with no probation option, because she never completed two previous probations. He also had her LPN license revoked.

Brewer pleaded guilty to two Class C felonies on Jan, 24, identity deception and forgery, but had faced seven charges on five different cases, including Class C forgery and Class D felony failure to appear.

The incidents began in about April 2012 and included her forging a check from a man in a nursing home.

Her former husband also spoke at Friday’s sentencing about troubles with the Internal Revenue Service because she used his Social Security number and then a daughter’s to get a job. She also took out credit cards for a 3-year-old and credit cards and a student loan for a 5-year-old.

The judge also kept no contact orders for her family in effect during her incarceration.

“They don’t want any part of you. I don’t blame them,” Alexa said.

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