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