Linda T. Rowland, 61
Virginia Pilot

La Grange, NC

#1 Feb 7, 2011
Smithfield woman sentenced to prison in ID theft case

By Tim McGlone
The Virginian-Pilot
February 7, 2011

The former owner of a Smithfield farm equipment company was sentenced today to five years and eight months in prison after admitting that she stole the identities of customers and friends to obtain $1.7 million in loans.

Linda T. Rowland, 61, apologized to her victims.Im terribly sorry, she said in court.I was not in my right mind.

Several victims from the tight-knit Smithfield community wrote letters of support for Rowland. Rowland pleaded guilty last July to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. The identity theft charge carried a mandatory minimum prison term of two years.

U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis called the sentence just and appropriate. He also ordered Rowland to repay $1.24 million. She has already repaid about $400,000, her attorney, Andrew Protogyrou, said.

Rowland and her husband owned the Rowland Equipment Co. for more than 30 years. They sold the business to a family member after her arrest last year.

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