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W.Va. woman sentenced for child’s identity theft

Jan. 16, 2013 @ 07:36 AM

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former middle school teacher in Martinsburg has been sentenced to five years in prison for using one of her children’s Social Security numbers to obtain credit accounts that she couldn’t pay back.

Forty-one-year-old Rebecca Jean Ferguson also was ordered Monday in Berkeley County Circuit Court to pay nearly $21,000 in restitution. About half of that will be paid to the child whose information was used to open eight revolving credit accounts in 2005.

Ferguson was sentenced for eight felony counts of identity theft.

The Journal reports she also faces a May 29 trial on 11 counts of child abuse.

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