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Clinton woman sentenced for identity theft

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Clinton woman has been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution after pleading guilty to identity theft and other crimes.

Twenty-five-year-old Emily Kristen McLellan-Bilbo pled guilty Friday to one count felonious identity theft, one count uttering counterfeit instruments and two counts felonious use of a Social Security number or identifying information to obtain goods.

Hinds County Circuit Court  Judge William A. Gowan sentenced Bilbo to serve 10 years for identity theft with five suspended and four years post release supervision. She was also ordered to pay $13,825.35 in restitution to the victims, $1,000 to the Victim's Compensation Fund, and $2,000 for investigative costs. All costs must be paid during her four years post release supervision.

In addition, Bilbo received five years for each of the two counts of felonious use of a Social Security number and five years for uttering a counterfeit instrument. The sentences are to run concurrently.

At the time the crimes were committed, Bilbo worked as a receptionist at Audibel in Jackson where she obtained credit card and other personal identifying information of customers.  She then used the information to purchase more than $13,000 in goods, cash, and services. There are 13 victims of identity theft in this case.

"I hope Judge Gowan's tough sentence and order of restitution for these victims will send a message to others contemplating identity theft,"  said Attorney General Jim Hood.

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