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Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty To Identity Theft Scheme

Used Stolen Identity Information to Purchase Motorcycles and Other Goods
With Losses to the Victims of at Least $120,000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9 , 2014

Baltimore, Maryland – Tavares Davon Miller, a/k/a “Tavon Jackson,” “Tavon Miller,” and “Ooh,” age 30, of Baltimore, Maryland pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, in connection with a scheme to use the personal identifying information of others to purchase motorcycles, electronic equipment, jewelry and other goods.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Brian Murphy of the United States Secret Service - Baltimore Field Office; Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis; Charles County Sheriff Rex Coffey; Howard County Police Chief William McMahon; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; and Chief Michael Phillips of the Fruitland Police Department.

According to his plea agreement, from September 25 through November 1, 2012, Miller acquired the identifying information of more than 10 victims, and used that information to fabricate driver’s licenses and credit cards in the names of those victims, but using the photograph of a co-conspirator (where applicable). Miller and the co-conspirator traveled to motorcycle dealerships and retail stores in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania, and used the fraudulent identification documents to purchase merchandise, including electronic equipment, jewelry and clothing, or apply for lines of credit at those stores. Miller and the co-conspirator then loaded the motorcycles and merchandise into their vehicle and returned to Maryland. Miller advertised the motorcycles and merchandise for sale over the internet, retaining the proceeds of the sales and paid the co-conspirator a fee for her services.

As part of his plea agreement, Miller will be required to pay restitution in the full amount of the victims’ losses, which is at least $120,000.

Miller faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the wire fraud conspiracy and two years in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, for aggravated identity theft. U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander scheduled sentencing for June 27, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the U.S. Secret Service, Maryland State Police, the Anne Arundel, Howard and Montgomery County Police Departments, Charles County Sheriff’s Office and Fruitland Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein also recognized the following agencies for their assistance in the investigation: the Delaware State Police; Leesburg (Virginia) Police Department and Stafford County (Virginia) Sheriff’s Department; and the Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Police Department and Springettsbury Township (Pennsylvania) Police Department. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Judson T. Mihok, who is prosecuting the case.

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