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MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. - A Lynn man was sentenced today in federal court to almost 65 months in prison for selling and using the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of Transportation Security Administration employees who worked at Logan Airport.

MICHAEL DERRING, A/K/A MICHAEL WASHINGTON, 49, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to five years and five months of in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $51,087 in restitution. On December 17, 2010, DERRING pleaded guilty to conspiracy, misrepresenting a Social Security number with intent to defraud, possessing 15 or more unauthorized access devices with intent to defraud and aggravated identity theft.

Between July 2008 and December 9, 2009, DERRING and his co-conspirator, Tina White, opened accounts using the TSA employees’ identities to obtain gas, electric, cable television, telephone, and other services for themselves and their relatives, friends, and customers. Some recipients of the services did not pay the bills, knowing that the account-holder details did not match the recipients’ identities. White’s customers included relatives and friends of state prison inmates who sought to open telephone accounts using the TSA identities in order to, among other things, circumvent prison telephone usage rules. DERRING obtained the TSA Logan Airport employees’ identity information from a relative who worked as a contractor at TSA’s department of human resources.

White pleaded guilty and is set to be sentenced on May 27, 2011.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, George Naccara, Federal Security Director of the Transportation Security Administration in Boston and Colonel Marian McGovern, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott L. Garland of Ortiz’s Computer Crimes Unit and Brian T. Kelly, Chief of Ortiz’s Public Corruption Unit.



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