Manhattan US Attorney Announces Indictment Against Identity Fraud Ring – Stolen New York Driving Licences

LawFuel.com –
PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, announced today an Indictment
charging seven members of an identity fraud ring, including two
New York City-based employees of NYS-DMV, who allegedly sold more
than 200 New York state driver’s licenses and other
identification documents in stolen identities, netting more than
$1 million.

The defendants were previously charged in a Complaint
unsealed on February 23, 2010. Six defendants were arrested on
that Complaint; one defendant, MAX LNU (Last Name Unknown),
remains at large.

As alleged in the previously-unsealed Complaint and in
the Indictment returned today:

This case targeted a New York-based identity fraud ring
that obtained New York State driver’s licenses, learner’s
permits, and identification cards (collectively, “DMV Documents”)
using stolen identities that belonged to real people and agreed
to sell those DMV Documents to, among others, convicted felons, a
sex offender, an individual featured on the television show
“America’s Most Wanted,” and an undercover officer who claimed to
be on the U.S. Government no-fly list. The participants in this
criminal scheme included, among others, two allegedly corrupt
NYS-DMV employees: ROBIN JONES-WOODSON and GLENDA HINTON.
WILCH DEWALT, a/k/a “Sharrieff Sabazz Muhammad,” a/k/a
“G,” a/k/a “Mark Fowler,” a/k/a “License Man,” was the identity
fraud ring’s alleged leader. DEWALT acted as a broker who, in
exchange for a fee of between $7,000 and $10,000, served as a
one-stop shop for fraudulent identification documents. DEWALT
supplied his customers with a complete “package” of
identification documents, including some genuine and some
fraudulent, that they then used to obtain a DMV Document in a
stolen identity.

JOSE R. TORRES-MUNOZ, a/k/a “Paul,” a/k/a “Roberto,”
a/k/a “Alberto,” was one of the people from whom DEWALT purchased
stolen personal identification information. MAX LNU, a/k/a
“David Ray Craven,” a/k/a “Julius Simons,” and DOUGLAS L. ROPER,
a/k/a “Nicky Roper,” a/k/a “Nicky Martinez,” a/k/a “Nick,” a/k/a
“Nate,” acted as brokers who directed customers seeking
fraudulent DMV identification documents to DEWALT. SARA DEL
ROCIO CHERREZ-ROMERO, a/k/a “Olga Nieves Matos,” provided
instructions to DEWALT’s Spanish-speaking customers about how to
obtain their fraudulent DMV Documents. In addition, CHERREZROMERO
and MAX LNU each obtained DMV documents in stolen
identities for themselves.
DEWALT paid both HINTON and JONES-WOODSON, NYS-DMV
employees in Harlem and Yonkers, respectively, for the assistance
they provided to the identity fraud ring. In particular, HINTON
used a DMV database to determine whether the DMV had already
issued any identification documents in the stolen identities and
then provided that information to DEWALT. JONES-WOODSON met with
DEWALT’s customers when they submitted their DMV applications and
helped process those applications. JONES-WOODSON also completed
the written learner’s permit examination for some of DEWALT’s
customers.
In addition to the charges contained in the Complaint,
CHERREZ-ROMERO and MAX LNU have each been charged in the
Indictment with the misuse of a Social Security number. Both
CHERREZ-ROMERO and MAX LNU allegedly used the names and Social
Security numbers of other people to obtain DMV documents in
stolen identities for themselves.
The charges against each of the seven defendants and
the corresponding maximum potential penalties are contained in a
chart attached to this press release.
In addition, fifteen alleged customers of the ring were
previously charged in separate Complaints, and thirteen of those
customers have been apprehended by law enforcement officers.
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Mr. BHARARA thanked the Department of Homeland
Security’s United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the
New York City Police Department, the New York State Office of
Inspector General, the New York State Department of Motor
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Vehicles, the New York Office of the Social Security
Administration’s Office of Inspector General, the New York Field
Office of the United States Secret Service, and the United States
Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service for their
outstanding work on this case.
The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Public
Corruption Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys RICHARD C.
TARLOWE and BRENT S. WIBLE are in charge of the prosecution.
If you believe you were a victim of this crime,
including a victim entitled to restitution, and you wish to
provide information to law enforcement and/or receive notice of
future developments in the case or additional information, please
contact Wendy Olsen-Clancy, the Victim Witness Coordinator at the
United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New
York, at (866) 874-8900 or [email protected] For additional
information, go to: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/nys/victimwitness.html
on the Internet.
Additionally, if you believe you are a victim of this
crime, the United States Attorney’s Office recommends that you
take steps to protect yourself from financial loss if you have
not done so already. The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) in
Washington has the lead role in protecting consumers from
identity theft crimes and other frauds. The FTC’s website,
www.ftc.gov/idtheft, is dedicated to providing information on
identity theft. The FTC’s online complaint form will allow you
to enter the details of your identity theft. By providing that
information, you can help in our pursuit of this case. We also
strongly recommend that you contact the credit bureaus to request
a fraud alert on your credit files. An alert will notify would
be creditors that your information has been breached and require
them to take additional steps to verify any request for credit.
You can reach the credit bureaus as follows:
Equifax www.equifax.com (866) 766-0008
TransUnion www.transunion.com (800) 680-7289
Experian www.experian.com (888) 397-3742
Please note that the FTC and credit bureau websites
also provide additional information that may be pertinent to your
situation.
The charges contained in the Indictment and Complaints
are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent
unless and until proven guilty.
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United States v. Wilch Dewalt, et al.
Charges And Potential Penalties
Ct Charge Defendants Maximum Penalties
1 Conspiracy to
Commit Identity
Fraud
WILCH DEWALT,
ROBIN JONES-WOODSON,
GLENDA HINTON,
JOSE R. TORRES-MUNOZ,
SARA DEL ROCIO
CHERREZ-ROMERO,
MAX LNU,
DOUGLAS L. ROPER
15 years in prison; fine of
$250,000 or twice the gross
gain or loss; and restitution
2 Aggravated Identity
Theft
WILCH DEWALT,
JOSE R. TORRES-MUNOZ,
ROBIN JONES-WOODSON
Mandatory 2 years in prison;
fine of $250,000 or twice the
gross gain or loss; and
restitution
3 Conspiracy to
Misuse a Social
Security Number
WILCH DEWALT,
ROBIN JONES-WOODSON,
GLENDA HINTON,
JOSE R. TORRES-MUNOZ,
SARA DEL ROCIO
CHERREZ-ROMERO,
MAX LNU,
DOUGLAS L. ROPER
5 years in prison; fine of
$250,000 or twice the gross
gain or loss; and restitution
4 Bribery of a Public
Official
WILCH DEWALT 10 years in prison; fine of
$250,000 or twice the gross
gain or loss; and restitution
5 Accepting a Bribe as
a Public Official
ROBIN JONES-WOODSON,
GLENDA HINTON
10 years in prison; fine of
$250,000 or twice the gross
gain or loss; and restitution
6 Misuse of a Social
Security Number
SARA DEL ROCIO
CHERREZ-ROMERO
10 years in prison; fine of
$250,000 or twice the gross
gain or loss; and restitution
7 Misuse of a Social
Security Number
MAX LNU 10 years in prison; fine of
$250,000 or twice the gross
gain or loss; and restitution

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