SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– A woman from Springfield was sentenced to federal prison Wednesday for charges related to mail and credit card fraud in a scheme that impacted residents in Greene, Christian, and Polk Counties.
29-year-old Lisa Beatrice Gee was found guilty of passing a forged check, credit card fraud and stealing mail. She was sentenced to two years and six months in prison and must pay $10,994 in restitution.
Gee was arrested on March 17, 2016, while in possession of stolen mail. She pleaded guilty March 15, 2017.
Gee admitted that she took checks, credit cards, Social Security cards and personal identification cards belonging to those mail theft victims. Gee used the contents of the stolen mail to engage in fraudulent criminal acts.
Gee also passed a forged check on Jan. 23, 2016. Gee altered the check, which had been mailed from one person to another, to make it payable to a third person and deposited the check in that person’s bank account. Shortly thereafter, Gee withdrew the same amount of money from the account in the form of ATM cash withdrawals.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Carney. It was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Springfield, Mo., Police Department, the Nixa, Mo., Police Department and the Ozark, Mo., Police Department.
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