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
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.
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.