Tucson head of ‘criminal syndicate’ gets 14 years

2014-08-12T16:58:00Z 2014-08-13T09:18:39Z Tucson head of ‘criminal syndicate’ gets 14 yearsKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 12, 2014 4:58 pm  • 

The woman who led what police called a “criminal syndicate,” was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison.

Brittney Leigh Underwood, 31, accepted a plea deal in Pima County Superior Court and was sentenced for aggravated taking of identity, fraud schemes and forgery, Lt. Kara Riley, spokeswoman for the Oro Valley Police Department, said in a news release.

Underwood, who has also used the alias Tiffany Bastien, was arrested in August 2012 after an Oro Valley resident who had been defrauded by her called police.

Documents containing customer information from Beaver's Band Box, a now closed music store, and documents relating to Egencia, a corporate travel company, were found when police served a search warrant at Underwood’s east Tucson residence, according to an Aug. 11, 2012 Arizona Daily Star article.

The investigation expanded to include the Tucson Airport Authority Police Department and revealed that more than 40 people were “victimized” by Underwood, who made more than $85,000 in fraudulent charges, Riley said.

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