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Gary man gets 15 months in ID theft scheme

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A Gary resident has been sentenced to more than a year in federal prison after being found guilty at trial of conspiracy and attempt to commit fraud with identification document, in a multi-state ID theft scheme, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Robert Sanders, 25, a defendant in the case U.S. v Harris et al., was sentenced last week to 15 months in prison, $6,636.00 in restitution--to be paid joint and several with Willie Harris--and two years of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

“According to documents filed in this case, the defendants 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. “The defendants either utilized their own names or utilized aliases with the accounts which had been taken over. They purchased gift cards, Postal money orders, and made 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,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Throughout the criminal conduct, the defendants 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 2/17/2014