Central City woman pleads guilty to wire fraud

She faces up to 20 years in federal prison

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A Central City woman pleaded guilty Thursday to opening credit card accounts in her grandfather’s name and secondary cards in her name to order items on the internet and make purchases in stores.

Jessica Roloson, 40, charged in June with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, pleaded guilty Thursday to wire fraud. The other charge is to be dismissed at sentencing as part of the plea agreement. She faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

The indictment shows Roloson assumed her the identity of her grandfather, a World War II veteran, and started opening various credit accounts last October through January.

Roloson lived in a former residence of her grandfather and had access to his birth date and Social Security number, the indictment shows. She starting buying items on the internet and then obtained secondary credit cards on those accounts in her actual name, documents show.

The indictment states Roloson opened an American Express card on Oct. 29 without her grandfather’s permission. It also lists a purchase by “JLynn Roloson” of yoga pants, a top and a bra from the Victoria’s Secret store in Cedar Rapids. This purchase caused American Express to wire $205.95 to the lingerie store.

Roloson didn’t have her permission from her grandfather or his power of attorney to open any of the accounts, according to the indictment.

Roloson remains on release pending sentencing, which is to be set after a presentencing report is completed.

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