Long Island woman facing 18 months in jail after guilty plea in $180,000 identity, check theft


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NEW YORK — A Long Island woman faces 18 months in jail for using a stolen identity to cash more than $180,000 worth of checks she pilfered from a Jewish charity.

Marie Augustin pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of grand larceny and identity theft.

Prosecutors say the 42-year-old Westbury woman used a fake driver's license in another person's name and bank accounts in the names of several businesses to cash checks from Rockville Centre-based Jewish National Fund.

They say she also made $5,100 in withdrawals from the identity theft victim's account.

Prosecutors expect Augustin will receive two consecutive 9-month jail sentences and be ordered to pay $180,577 to the Jewish National Fund, and $400 to the identity theft victim.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 29.

Augustin's attorney did not immediately return a message.

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