A Virginia woman has been sentenced to 10 years and nine months in federal prison for fraud schemes including one that stole inmate identities.
Teresa Gallop, 50, just one month after she was released from federal prison for another fraud scheme, she orchestrated two new fraud schemes. The Virginian-Pilot reported.
In the first fraud, Gallop created a legal services company. Court documents state she used the fake company to obtain identifying information from inmates and persuade them to release their personal property to her. Gallop used her son, Delanio Vick, 32, who was then serving multiple state sentences for theft, to identify and reach inmate victims.
According to court documents, once Virginia woman had an inmate’s information and property, she forged powers of attorney naming Vick and another conspirator, Gloria Vick, 50, as attorneys in fact for the inmates. Gallop used these documents to access and open inmate bank accounts, which they used to cash checks.
In the second fraud, Gallop, Jessie Davis, 21, and Aarren Ivey, 22, opened bank accounts at Sun Trust Bank, BBVA Compass Bank, Navy Federal Credit Union, State Employees’ Credit Union, Wells Fargo Bank, Chartway Federal Credit Union, Langley Federal Credit Union and Fulton Bank. Court documents showed that Gallop used these accounts to cash stolen checks and money orders that she, Davis or Ivey had altered or forged.
Court documents show that Gallop and her conspirators received more than $130,000 through both schemes of stolen inmate identities.
Delanio Vick, Gloria Vick, Davis, and Ivey are awaiting sentencing, according to a new release.