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Ex-Turtle Creek woman sentenced to federal prison for identity theft, gun violations

Renatta Signorini
| Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, 2:36 p.m.

A former Turtle Creek resident was sentenced Monday in federal court to nine years and eight months in prison for numerous crimes, including hacking into celebrities’ social media accounts, according to a news release.

Quinyahta Rochelle, 32, will be supervised for three years after imprisonment, U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said in the news release. She was sentenced for several offenses including conspiracy to commit identity theft, wire fraud, unauthorized use of counterfeit driver’s licenses and credit cards.

Rochelle accessed social media accounts belonging to various celebrities between March and July 2016. That led investigators to execute a search warrant, where they found several stolen firearms and rounds of ammunition at her home, according to the release. She was a convicted felon at the time, authorities said.

Investigators learned after another search warrant that Rochelle obtained identification information to make counterfeit credit cards and driver’s licenses which were used to make purchases and apply for credit cards, according to the release. She pleaded guilty in July.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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