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Georgia man gets 13 years in prison in huge ID theft conspiracy

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An Atlanta, Ga., resident was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison after being found guilty at trial of conspiracy to commit fraud with identification documents, fraud with ID documents, trafficking in counterfeit devices, and aggravated ID theft, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Willie Harris, 24, was sentenced last week to 156 months in prison and three years of supervised released and was ordered to pay $299,298.67 in restitution, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

“According to documents filed in this case, Harris obtained the account and personal information of individuals in over 21 states and fraudulently added their names to the victims’ accounts in an account takeover scheme,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Harris and his co-conspirators either utilized their own names or utilized aliases with the accounts which had been taken over. They would purchase gift cards, postal money orders, and make numerous retail purchases with the fraudulently obtained credit cards throughout Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Georgia. They also made cash withdrawals on the accounts and utilized the convenience checks associated with the accounts at various financial institutions located in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Georgia. Throughout the course of this criminal conduct, they would also mail gift cards, postal money orders, and U.S. currency from Indiana and Wisconsin to Georgia.”

The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.



Posted 4/7/2014