South Euclid woman indicted for aggravated identity theft, fraud

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio – A South Euclid woman is being charged today with 33 counts of aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and bank fraud tied into a $70,000 scheme.

According to a release from the office of United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven Dettelbach, between 2012 and 2014, Keauna Smith, 28, allegedly stole the identities of 16 people to file 18 false tax claims worth $44,306. She then loaded the money onto prepaid debit cards and withdrew the money from various ATMs.

Authorities also say Smith illegally obtained $26,300 via stolen checks from her employer. According to the indictment, Smith made the checks payable to herself and then forged the owner’s signature. 

In total, Smith faces 16 counts of wire fraud, 16 counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of bank fraud.

“This defendant is accused of of stealing from private citizens, the federal government and her employer,” Dettelbach said. “Her free ride of theft ends now.”

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