Officials: Woman on probation for ID theft does it again
A Roslyn woman who bought two automobiles while on probation by using an identity she had stolen in an earlier scam has been sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison on the new charges, officials said Friday.
Cynthia Sibert, 24, of 1519 Old Northern Blvd., was sentenced to an additional year in prison -- meaning she will have to serve 2 years before becoming eligible for parole -- for violating her probation on the earlier case, the state Department of Taxation and Finance said in a statement.
The sentence was imposed Thursday by Judge Philip Grella in Nassau County Court in Mineola, the department said.
Sibert had been sentenced to 3 months in jail and given 5 years of probation in August 2012 after pleading guilty to identity theft charges brought by the Nassau County district attorney's office.
She and other defendants placed ads on Craigslist for employment opportunities and apartment rentals that didn't exist. They used information from their victims to file more than 250 fraudulent tax returns and bank loan and credit card applications.
They netted them more than $500,000 in fraudulent refunds before state tax investigators discovered their scheme.