United States Attorney David Capp
Northern District of Indiana
5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500
Hammond, IN 46320
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton
August 19, 2010 PHONE: (219) 937-5603
www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/ Fax: (219) 852-2770
EIGHT INDICTED IN FRAUD SCHEME
Hammond, IN—The United States Attorney's Office announced:
Eight individuals were charged by a nine count indictment unsealed on August 12, 2010 with identity theft, access device fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft of victims residing in at least twenty-one states. From March, 2007 and continuing through January 2010,
Willie J. Harris, 21, of Atlanta, Georgia
Amber Fields, 21, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Lauren Price, 21, of Chesterton, Indiana
Alnese Frazier, 21, of Indianapolis, Indiana
Diontria Frazier, 27, of Indianapolis, Indiana
Robert Sanders, 21, of Gary, Indiana
Shana King, 24, of Gary, Indiana
Joniette Davis, 26, of Indianapolis, Indiana,
obtained the account and personal information of individuals and fraudulently added their names to the victim’s accounts in an account takeover scheme. The defendant’s either utilized their own names or utilized aliases with the accounts which had been taken over to purchase gift cards, Postal money orders, and to make retail purchases with fraudulently obtained credit cards throughout Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Georgia. The defendants also made cash withdrawals on the accounts and utilized the convenience checks associated with the accounts at various financial institutions located in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Georgia.
If convicted, the defendants will forfeit any property derived from the proceeds obtained as a result of the violations, including a money judgement of $198,137.00.
This case is a result of an investigation by the United States Postal Service. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Toi Houston.
The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
The specific sentence in each case to be imposed upon conviction will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.