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Oct. 17, 2016 -- Acting Westchester County District Attorney James A. McCarty announced that Simone Barrett Johnson (DOB 10/06/86) of 125 North 6th Ave., Mount Vernon, NY was sentenced on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 to two to four years in state prison after having been found guilty on May 11, 2016 following a jury trial of the following charges:

  • one count of Identity Theft in the Second Degree: Assume Another’s Identity, a class “E” Felony,
  • one count of Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information in the Third Degree, a class “A” Misdemeanor,
  • one count of Petit Larceny, a class “A” Misdemeanor.

Between Feb. 20 and Feb. 23, 2014, the defendant assumed the identity of the victim, a resident of Ohio by using the victim’s personal identifying information.

The information used in the theft was specifically the victim’s Marion Community Credit Union Debit Card number which was used to pay the defendant’s Time Warner Cable bill in the sum of one hundred and eighty-one dollars and to purchase shoes from NastyGal.com in the sum of three hundred and forty-two dollars.

The defendant used the victim’s name and home address in Marion, Ohio, as the billing address for the order while using the victim’s name, but defendant’s home address, 125 North 6th Avenue, Mt. Vernon, New York as the shipping address to obtain the shoes.

The victim filed a police report with the Marion City Police Department. Their report was then sent to the Mount Vernon Police Department. The detective assigned to the case was able to track down the defendant by using her email address and street address used in her shoe purchase.  She was subsequently arrested.

Witnesses from Ohio and Kentucky testified at trial.

Through her actions, the defendant caused the victim, who earns approximately four hundred dollars a week, a financial loss of five hundred and thirty three dollars. Due to the nature of the theft, that money cannot be credited back to the victim or her credit union.

The defendant is remanded to the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections.

Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Lee of the ID Theft Unit prosecuted the case.


Simone Barrett Johnson

Simone Barrett Johnson