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Woman Who Used Dead Mom's ID to Steal Gets 2 to 5 Years

February 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Marc Furber, 215.348.6339, mjfurber@buckscounty.org

Kelly Liebert
Kelly Liebert

A Warminster woman who used the identities of three dead people – including her own mother’s – to defraud businesses and the Social Security Administration has been sentenced to serve two to five years in state prison.

Kelly Ellen Liebert, 39, of the 1300 block of Nevarc Road, was sentenced Jan. 27 after pleading guilty to identity theft, forgery, theft by deception, bad checks and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Liebert admitted that after her mother died in September 2015, she continued to receive her mother’s monthly Social Security payments through May 2016. The payments, totaling $13,048, were sent by the Social Security Administration to her late mother’s account at People First Federal Credit Union (PFFCU).

Liebert had perpetuated the thefts by calling the credit union after her mother died and, pretending to be her mother, asked that the contact number for the account be changed to Liebert’s phone. When the credit union learned of the scam and confronted her months later, Liebert again tried to impersonate her mother before professing that she thought she was entitled to the benefits.

As soon as the money landed in the account, Liebert spent it. Detectives identified 167 times that Liebert used her late mother’s PFFCU debit card for purchases, such as two nights at the Jersey Shore, and ATM withdrawals.

In addition, Liebert wrote multiple checks against her late mother’s account, as well as against the accounts of two other deceased persons she or her mother had known and whose checkbooks she had acquired. Some of the checks failed to clear, inflicting losses on the credit union, a Warminster auto repair shop, and Bank of America.

Liebert blamed her crimes on personal trauma – her ex-boyfriend committed suicide in front of her, she said – and a resulting addiction to drugs.

“I have been struggling with my past and my addiction for some time,” she told Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr.

“She was able to fuel a habit by withdrawing money,” added defense attorney Geoffrey Hood.

Deputy District Attorney Marc Furber, however, argued that Liebert’s crimes were not so much the impulsive acts of a grief-stricken addict, but sophisticated schemes that took considerable thought and planning. Furber noted that Liebert’s deceptions continued even after she knew she was under criminal investigation.

“The sophistication of this is quite astounding,” Bateman concurred. “I don’t know that I have much of a choice but to consider this as an aggravated case.”

Bateman sentenced Liebert to serve two to five years in state prison for identity theft, plus a concurrent seven years of probation. He also ordered her to pay restitution of more than $15,000 to her victims. She will be eligible for parole after 18 months under an early-release program for nonviolent offenders.

The case was investigated by Warminster Police Detective John Bonargo and Bucks County Detective Eric Landamia.

Approved for release by Thomas Gannon, Deputy District Attorney.

 

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