Identity Theft Rampant in Montgomery
Six Indicted for Identity Theft
Montgomery, Alabama - “Fraud rings need to be exposed and eliminated,” said U.S. Attorney George L. Beck in announcing the arrest of six members of an identity theft ring. Edmund Lee McCall, a.k.a. Trey or Tra, 37 years old, of Montgomery; Nakeisha Rochelle Richardson Moore, 34 years old, of Birmingham; Corey Gerard Harris, 40 years old, of Decatur, Georgia; Rosie Lee Murphy, 30 years old, of Montgomery; Andrew Milton Williams, 48 years old; and Vanessa Valease Gordon, 43 years old, of Montgomery have all been arraigned on charges of identity theft, bank fraud and wire fraud, announced George L. Beck, Jr., United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama. Harris was the last arraigned just today. All six were indicted in October of 2012.
McCall, Moore, Harris, Murphy, Williams and Gordon conspired to fraudulently obtain credit cards and cash. They stole credit cards, people’s identities, and credit information from unsuspecting victims. Specifically, this organization set up a “dummy mail box” at a Montgomery, Alabama, Post Office. A postal employee in Montgomery, Alabama, redirected mail, including mail which contained credit cards, to this “dummy mail box.” After the mail was redirected to the “dummy mail box”, members of this organization would pick up the mail and deliver it to Edmund McCall. McCall then sent the information to other organization members to run credit reports on the victims. These credit reports revealed the victims’ identifying information. That identifying information was given to Edmund McCall, who used that information to activate credit cards. The organization then used those credit cards to make purchases and cash advances from banks for their personal use. In total, this organization stole over $600,000 from innocent victims.
“Identity theft is an epidemic in the Montgomery area. It will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” stated U.S. Attorney Beck. “The criminals must be punished, but companies and businesses also have an obligation to safeguard and protect employees’, clients’, and customers’ identifying information. We must all work together to combat this epidemic.”
If convicted the defendants face a possible punishment of up to 30 years imprisonment, up to a $1 million fine and five years of supervised release on the bank fraud and wire fraud charges. On the aggravated identity theft charges the defendants shall be punished to two years’ imprisonment, not more than a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release.
An indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Denise Simpson.
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