Ex-worker in U.S. Attorney's Office guilty of fraud

Posted: September 12, 2009

A former employee of the U.S. Attorney's Office pleaded guilty yesterday to using people's personal information from government computers to obtain loans for herself.

Shakila Nakia Wallace, 25, of Philadelphia, who worked as a clerk in the financial-litigation unit, used court records to find personal information of defendants and then secured online payday loans totalling about $34,435 between January 2005 and March 2008, she admitted in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. She pleaded guilty to fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Because Wallace worked with the Philadelphia U.S. Attorney's Office, the case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey.

Wallace is free on a $10,000 bond pending sentencing Dec. 15. She faces up to five years in prison and fines of up to $500,000. - Allison Steele

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