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Baltimore Man Sentenced To Over 6 Years In Prison In Identity Theft Scheme

Used Stolen Identity Information to Purchase over $124,000 in Motorcycles and Other Goods

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2014


Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Tavares Davon Miller, a/k/a “Tavon Jackson,” “Tavon Miller,” and “Ooh,” age 30, of Baltimore, Maryland today 75 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring 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. Judge Hollander also entered an order that Miller pay restitution of $105,899.66.

The sentence 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 Gary Gardner; 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 co-conspirator Monika Hill (where applicable). Miller and Hill 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 Hill 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 Hill a fee for her services.

Judge Hollander determined today that the total amount of loss to the victims is $140,462.03.

Monika Michelle Hill, age 34, of Gwynn Oak, Maryland, pleaded guilty to the same offenses and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 24, 2014 at 2:00 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 prosecuted the case.

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