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Chicago woman sentenced for swindling elderly

Today, Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois announced the sentencing of Tiffany Hall, 30, of Chicago, who received 159 months in federal prison for swindling at least 1,000 elderly victims of cash and credit cards over a period of five years. U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve also ordered her to pay $328,353 in restitution to more than 70 known, identified victims.

Between 2006 and 2011, Hall, spent nearly every day contacting victims and obtained cash and/or credit cards. Between 2009 and 2011 alone, Hall stole approximately $300,000 to $400,000 in cash from victims, and she used the stolen money to gamble and to purchase cars, designer bags and shoes, televisions, gift cards, clothes, consumer electronics, and other items. She also used the money to pay bills and expenses for herself and her husband, Lawrence Hall, 33, who was sentenced on January 29 to 10 years in prison for his participation in the fraud scheme.

Hall admitted, in a guilty plea, that in 2006 she began calling victims and falsely telling them that she was a fraud investigator, either with the state of Illinois or a specific bank. After gaining their trust, she convinced them that their credit cards had been stolen or there was unusual activity on their bank accounts. In 2007 she begin actually meeting her victims and asking them to provide her with their actual credit cards. In 2009, Lawrence Hall began recruiting runners to pick up victims’ cards, and the Halls paid them in cash or allowed them to use the cards to purchase merchandise for themselves. About the same time, the Halls and their runners also started fleecing victims of their cash in addition to credit and debit cards.

Two other co-defendants were indicted with the Halls. Shana Banks, 30, of Chicago, pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing next month. Creassi Harris, 23, of Chicago, has pleaded not guilty and the charges are pending.