CLIFTON PARK — A local woman could face up to three decades in prison for selling stolen Social Security numbers.
Kristin M. Kitchen, 33, of Clifton Park, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring with others to sell the stolen numbers over the internet, and to providing a false Social Security number on a loan application, according to a news release from the U.S Attorney's Office of the Northern District of New York.
Kitchen admitted to owning and operating a website in 2013 and 2014, through which she sold the stolen numbers.
According to the news release, she advertised the data as “credit profile numbers,” and encouraged her customers to use them in place of their own on credit and loan applications, as a way to sidestep their own negative credit histories.
Kitchen further admitted to using one of the stolen numbers herself on applications for a loan in 2014.
Kitchen faces up to 30 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. She will be sentenced May 14 by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Thomas J. McAvoy.
The case was investigated by the FDIC Office of the Inspector General and the SSA Office of the Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason W. White.