TWO PLEAD GUILTY TO STOLEN MAIL IDENTITY THEFT & BANK FRAUD SCHEMES
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Henry Gutierrez, Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Miami Field Office, and Michael K. Fithen, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service, Miami Field Office, announced that Jamaal Willie Williams, 27, of Miami, and Willie Antwon Little, 26, of Miami Gardens, pled guilty yesterday before U. S. District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp in West Palm Beach to charges stemming from their conspiracy to commit mail theft and access device fraud.
Little pled guilty to one count of possession of stolen mail in violation of Title 18, U. S. C. § 1708, and Williams pled guilty to one count of conspiring to commit mail theft and access device fraud, and one substantive count of access device fraud, in violation of Title 18, U. S. C. §§ 371 and 1029. In addition to those charges, Williams also pled guilty in a related case to conspiracy and bank fraud in violation of 18, U. S. C. §§ 1349 and 1344. The entry of these two guilty pleas brings the total convictions in this case to five, since all the remaining defendants, Ricardo Penn, Dorian Cawley and Willie Little previously entered guilty pleas.
According to the charges and statements made in court, between August 1, 2008 and July 23, 2010, Williams, Little and the other defendants conspired to steal credit and debit cards from the mailboxes of residents of Wellington and other cities, and to use those cards to make purchases and make cash withdrawals from the accounts. According to the charges, in some cases, multiple $500 money orders were purchased using the stolen debit cards, which were then cashed by Williams, Penn, & Cawley. In other cases, large purchases were made at area stores and restaurants. According to court filings, multiple victims of stolen mail suffered losses of more than $200,00 due to their identities being compromised through the use of stolen credit and debit cards.
In addition to the identity theft charges, Williams also pled guilty to a bank fraud scheme involving the depositing of stolen and counterfeit checks into legitimate TD Bank accounts, and the subsequent withdrawals of cash from those accounts. As part of his plea agreement, Williams admitted to losses of more than $176,000 through this bank fraud scheme, which occurred between June 2008 and March 2010.
Sentencing has been set for July 14, 2011. Little faces up to 5 years in prison, and Williams faces up to 30 years on each of the two bank fraud counts, up to 10 years in prison on the access device fraud charge, and up to five years on the conspiracy count. Both defendants also face up to $250,000 in fines and mandatory restitution as to each charge against them.
Mr. Ferrer commended the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Secret Service for their work in the case. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Jorgensen in the West Palm Beach U.S. Attorney’s Office.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.