Federal workers’ stolen IDs used for fraudulent loans

WASHINGTON — A Bowie, Maryland, woman faces up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to using stolen Social Security numbers from the 2015 data breach at the Office of Personnel Management to obtain fraudulent loans from a credit union.

In 2015, millions of Social Security numbers of current and former federal employees were stolen from OPM.

Karvia Cross, 39, has pleaded guilty to a scheme that used stolen IDs from OPM to secure personal and vehicle loans from Langley Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Newport News, Virginia.

According to court documents, Cross and others engaged in the scheme in which they opened fraudulent credit union accounts where personal loan proceeds were deposited. She and others are accused of accessing the accounts and withdrawing the funds.

Vehicle loan proceeds were paid by checks to individuals posing as vehicle sellers.

A co-defendant, Marlon McKnight, pleaded guilty to the same charges on June 11.

Cross, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, will be sentenced Oct. 26.

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