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Pulaski woman indicted for bank fraud, social security fraud and identity theft

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PULASKI, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A Pulaski woman was arraigned on Friday, April 12, on a federal indictment of bank fraud, identity theft and social security fraud.

Wanda Gilpin, a 70-year-old woman, is officially charged with six counts of bank fraud, two counts of misuse of a social security number and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Gilpin is accused of applying for multiple credit cards and loans while using the personal information and social security numbers of other people, including her dead husband.

Prosecutors say she did this to get loans and lines of credit with no intention of ever re-paying them.

Gilpin allegedly stole thousands of dollars from multiple financial institutions during this scheme, which lasted several years.

The bank fraud charges against Gilpin carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, along with a fine of up to $1,000,000. The misuse of a social security number charges have a maximum sentence of 5 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

Gilpin is also subject to a mandatory sentence of two years in prison for the aggravated identity theft count, which would be served in addition to any punishment from the other charges.

As of now, these charges are still only accusations.

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