An Ellis County jury sentenced Sophia Martinez Castillo, 44, of Dallas, to 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000 for identify theft on Wednesday.
Castillo was specifically charged with possessing the victim’s name, date of birth, address and social security number.
On May 5, 2014, Castillo used stolen identification to rent a moving truck and attempted to purchase more than $4,000 worth of shingles from a building supply company in Ennis. The building supply company suspected a fraud and contacted Ennis police. Castillo falsely identified herself with the victim’s information to the police but there were outstanding warrants for the arrest of Castillo’s victims, which were executed by the police. Only after Castillo was arrested was her true identity established.
A search of the rented moving truck found multiple notebooks containing identifying information of several people along with an estimated 100 credit card numbers. Castillo has several prior felony convictions for forgery, tampering with a governmental record and fraudulent use of possession of identifying information.
Pointing to Castillo’s criminal history, assistant county and district attorney Rickey Sipes asked the jury for the maximum sentence. He argued that she received probation in 2003 and short prison sentences in 2009 and 20012 from the Dallas and Tarrant Counties courts.
“It is now time to send her to prison for the maximum punishment allowed,” he argued.
The jury returned with a maximum sentence after deliberating for 15 minutes.