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Eastern District of Pennsylvania

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Virginia Man Charged With Stealing Social Security Number

PHILADELPHIA - Ronnie Lee Durham, a/k/a “Ronnie Lee Johnson,” and “R.P.J.,” 50, of Alexandria, Virginia and formerly of Feasterville, PA is charged by Indictment, unsealed yesterday, with stealing and using the social security number of another person, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Durham is charged with four counts of Social Security Fraud and one count of Aggravated Identity Theft. He was arrested in Virginia.

According to the indictment, the defendant used the Social Security number and date of birth of an individual residing in another state to open bank accounts, obtain a debit card, and obtain employment. In March 2011, Durham, using the name Ronnie Lee Johnson, went to work for a company in Langhorne, PA, where he had access to client files. Between March and April of 2011, Durham allegedly accessed the identifying information of “RJP,” who resided in Mississippi, and rented an apartment in Feasterville, PA, using RJP’s date of birth and social security number. It is further alleged that Durham opened bank and credit card accounts using RJP’s information and also secured a job with a New Jersey company using that information.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 22 years imprisonment, a three-year period of supervised release, a $1.25 million fine, and a $500 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, the Diplomatic Security Service, and the Lower Southampton Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Amanda R. Reinitz.

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