Philipsburg woman pleads to ID theft

Troy stole another woman’s identity to open credit card

CLEARFIELD — A Phil­ips­burg woman accused of stealing another woman’s identity pleaded guilty Tues­­day in Clearfield County Court.

Police said that, in November, the victim, who had never had a credit card, received a phone call from a debt collector asking for payment on a Mastercard account in her name.

Officers tried to set the victim up with a Credit Karma account, but discovered there was already an account using her name.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, they used the email address attached to the registration to identify Ashley Troy, 31.

Investigators traced two purchases on the credit card to Walmart in Lawrence Township, where they were able to obtain copies of the receipts. Those transactions had information on an EBT card that also was traced to Troy.

A credit report showed a cable account with a balance of $185 for Troy’s address, in addition to the Mastercard account. The report also showed three more credit inquires that were not initiated by the victim.

Troy pleaded guilty to five felony counts of identity theft, felony forgery and felony access device fraud. She was sentenced by Judge Paul Cherry to 45 days to one year in jail and one year of consecutive probation.

She was fined $425 plus court costs and ordered to pay more than $620 in restitution.

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