A Gladstone woman on Thursday became the third area woman to plead guilty to a scheme of identity theft affecting hundreds of people to make Internet purchases.
Carrie Lynne Evola, 44, admitted in federal court to a conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Her sister, Rosemary Evola, 40, of Mission, and sister-in-law Kimberly Evola, 43, of Overland Park, have also pleaded guilty.
The three worked with a Jordanian leader of the conspiracy who was sentenced in July to 10 years in prison. The scheme involved hacking into company websites to download customer information. They used the information to access credit card accounts of victims who used the same passwords for both.
The women said the value of the criminal purchases they made ranged from $30,000 to $200,000. They each could be sentenced to 20 years without parole.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Gladstone Police Department.