An Atlanta woman is facing up to 20 years in prison for impersonating an NBA and attempted to take out a $2.5 million loan.
According to CNN, Annie Ford,51, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft during her hearing at the US District Court in New Jersey. US Attorney Craig Carpenito said in a statement that Ford created false documents under the NBA player’s name and forged his signature on multiple papers needed to apply for the loan between October and November 2013. The unknown player was also a resident of New Jersey. The documents also included an escrow document that will allow the loan to be deposited into Ford’s bank account.
Another participant also pretended to be the NBA player’s “attorney-in-fact” to speed up the application process as reported by AJC.com. Ford faces up to two years in prison for the aggravated identity charge and an additional 20 years in prison for wire fraud. She is also required to pay a $250,000 fine.
Ford’s sentencing is scheduled for March 4, 2020.
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