Woman, 46, gets 10 years in fraud case

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Gail Rivers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 46-year-old Jacksonville woman was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for her conviction on multiple counts of fraud.

A jury convicted Gail Rivers in March on charges of defrauding a financial institution by schemes/false/fraudulent pretenses/promises/representation, criminal use of personal information, and fraudulent use of a credit card.

In 2009, Rivers accessed the victim's information by intercepting mail that contained the victim's credit card account information. Rivers used the information to make several large purchases, including furniture.

Surveillance videos and store receipts led investigators to Rivers, who also happened to have the same items that were purchased in her house.

Rivers has also pleaded guilty to an unrelated case -- exploitation of a disabled adult. She was sentenced to 10 years in state prison in that case. The sentence runs concurrently with the fraud sentence.

In the exploitation case, Rivers was employed as a caretaker for two elderly and disabled women. She took one of the victims to VyStar Credit Union to close out the victim's account. Rivers then placed the money in two separate accounts with Wachovia that she could access.

The total of the two accounts equaled the amount withdrawn from the victim's account. Rivers has been ordered to pay $56,000 in restitution to the victim.

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