According to a news release, evidence presented at hearings in this case showed that Beard was the manager of a restaurant in Evans where she stole the identity of a waitress and used it to fraudulently apply for loans so that her son could attend college.
“There is no justification for taking what, by law, you do not own. Regina Beard’s unlawful actions will have a long lasting negative impact on two families,” U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver said in a statement. “The theft of the identity of an innocent citizen inflicts severe and irreparable harm to the individual and to our nation’s financial institutions.”
In addition to her prison sentence, Beard was ordered to pay $52,969 as restitution, as well as serve five years of supervised release after she is released from prison.
Tarver noted that there is no parole in the federal system.