By: Rizoh

      A couple in Rochester allegedly committed identity theft, mail fraud and bank fraud against Ashanti, actress Nia Long, and many others.

      Charles B. Curry Jr. and Shameika Drain Curry, both 28, illegally purchased cars, obtained credit cards and wrote bogus checks, using the identities of their victims. To defraud Ashanti, the couple allegedly ordered a replacement driver’s license in her name and claimed she had moved from Nassau County to Wilkins Street in Rochester.

After receiving the new license in the mail, Shameika Curry allegedly impersonated Ashanti and used her credit history and license to acquire a 2003 Infiniti and to secure a $36,789 loan from M&T Bank.

       The bank has since seized the car and Ashanti has filed an affidavit "stating that she was the victim of identity theft and did not give anyone permission to use her personal information to obtain credit and/or financial loans in her name," court documents said.

According to the complaint filed in a U.S. District court, Shameika Curry also impersonated Nia Long to write and cash a check for $8,300 made out to a cleaning service Shameika Curry runs.

      Although the complaint also claims that the Currys received mail in the name of pop diva Mariah Carey, there’s no allegation yet that Mimi was also defrauded.

If convicted, the Currys face a maximum penalty of up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Resnick.

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