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EC woman pleads guilty to ID theft

Federal attorneys will recommend an East Chicago woman serve two years in prison in exchange for her pleading guilty to two counts of aggravated identity theft, according to a plea agreement filed Monday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond.

Maria Guadalupe Sustaita also agrees to pay full restitution, although it’s unclear what that amount is. Sustaita was arrested a year ago after she was caught adding her name or alias to the credit card accounts of other people and also opening up new credit cards using her victims’ information. She would then purchase items on these credit cards.

Her change of plea hearing is set for March 7.

Probation for man in mortgage fraud

A Chicago man is pleading guilty to lying about the source of money he used as a down payment when he bought a house in Gary.

Francisco Rodriguez faces up to one year in prison on the charge, according to his plea agreement filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, but federal attorneys will recommend that he serve probation and 40 hours of community service.

Rodriguez was originally charged with lying about the down payment to two houses, but the plea agreement is for just the house at 884 Louisiana St.

Someone else gave him the money for the down payment, but he didn’t reveal that on his purchase agreement as required by federal law.



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