This morning in the 33rd Circuit Court, Judge Roy C. Hayes III sentenced Jewel Elizabeth Browe, 65, to serve a sentence of 38 months to 15 years in prison on a charge of identity theft.
Browe was previously convicted of two counts of the same crime in Charlevoix County back in 2013, involving the same victim. She was sentenced to 20 months in prison but instead completed the Department of Corrections’ SAI “bootcamp” program and was released early.
For this crime, Browe was stopped by police in Bangor, Michigan for a traffic violation. As she was a Canadian citizen who had been deported on numerous occasions, she did not give police her own identification but instead produced a driver’s license containing the identifying information of another woman, a Charlevoix County resident.
Browe then failed to appear on the traffic ticket which resulted in the suspension of the driver’s license of the Charlevoix County victim. The same victim’s information was used to order cable service in Bangor, Michigan which resulted in collection actions against the victim.
The victim, a former friend, took Browe into her home in 2012 at which time Browe stole personal items with the victim’s identifying information and used them to pass herself off as the victim. This was the basis for the 2013 charges.
“Both cases came about through the hard work of Charlevoix County Detective Mike Wheat,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said. “Hopefully this defendant will realize that she needs to stop victimizing people. At least she will not be able to do that over the next three years while she is in prison.”