This week, Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that a Pensacola, Florida resident had been charged in a two-count Bill of Information with aggravated identity theft and theft of government funds. 36-year-old Roman Williams is accused of stealing identities and utilizing said identities to falsify federal student loan applications.
The court documents allege that Williams used the stolen money for his own personal use. Each penalty for theft of government funds is punishable by a maximum of ten years in prison. The charge can also carry a 3-year supervised release and a fine of $250,000. For identity theft, the convicted may receive a 2-year consecutive term of imprisonment and one year of supervised release.
At this point in time, the defendant is innocent until proven guilty. Guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Assistant United States Attorney Richard R. Pickens II will be in charge of prosecuting the case.