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Lowell woman used stolen ID to rent apartment

April 10, 2014

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A Lowell woman has pleaded guilty to using another person’s identity for no other reason than to rent an apartment.

Christine Gikonyo pleaded guilty Wednesday to identity fraud. She was placed on probation for two years and ordered to pay $50 restitution —the cost of replacing her victim’s driver’s license.

The 39-year-old Gikonyo says she found a Tewksbury woman’s identification on the ground outside a church.

The Sun (http://bit.ly/1jw92y3 ) reports that Gikonyo told police she held onto it for a few months before using it to apply for an apartment. Gikonyo says she never used the identification for any other purpose.

The victim learned of the fraud because her mail was suddenly forwarded to a Lowell address. Gikonyo’s lawyer asked for leniency, saying his client had cancer at the time.


Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com

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