A Bowie tax preparer was sentenced to four years in prison for using clients' personal identification information to commit bank fraud.
According to prosecutors, in April 2007, Falon D. Lyle, 31, prepared federal income tax returns for two people, and then used their names, dates of birth, and social security numbers to open checking and savings accounts at two banks.
Lyle, 31, then forged the signatures of her clients to apply for and obtain lines of credit worth tens of thousands, prosecutors said.
Lyle withdrew cash, incurred credit card charges, and wrote checks to purchase merchandise and services for her own use.
Prosecutors said she stole about $46,000.
Lyle pleaded guilty bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.