TEXAS MAN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSING FALSE IDENTIFICATIONS
Rufus Omega Jabbar Brown, 32, of Houston, Texas, was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for possessing five or more false identification documents, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Brown to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term and to pay $10,807.71 in restitution. Brown pled guilty to the charge in October 2010.
On May 9, 2010, Brown flew from Dallas, Texas, to Boise to recover an envelope containing false identification he had hidden in a rental vehicle. Law enforcement officials examined the envelope and found ten Texas driver's licenses with Brown's picture but different names. The ten names belonged to actual Texas residents. The envelope also contained checks purportedly drawn on bank accounts of these Texas residents. Brown used the identifications to pass counterfeit checks across Southern Idaho from Nampa to Blackfoot, mostly at Wal-Mart stores. He passed the checks for cash or merchandise that he later returned for cash. Brown’s crime spree resulted in a loss of $10,807.71, which he will have to pay as restitution after his release from federal prison.
The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Boise Police Department, who apprehended Brown in conjunction with TSA. The counterfeit checks were also investigated by various police departments across Idaho, including the Minidoka County Sheriff’s Department, the Blackfoot City Police Department, and the Chubbuck Police Department.
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