Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty to Using Multiple Social Security Numbers and Identities to Obtain Loans and Credit
Baltimore, Maryland - David Aaron Rice, age 29, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to the statement of facts presented at his guilty plea, from June 29, 2001 to July 14, 2006 Rice and co-defendant Ronald Williams engaged in a number of fraud schemes using the social security numbers and identities of others without their knowledge to obtain personal and corporate extensions of credit for cars, homes, consumer goods and general credit accounts. For example, on June 29, 2004, acting as Dominick Reavis, Williams sold 8003 Brookmead Court in Severn, Maryland, to himself in his own name, using a social security number that was unassigned at the time but was subsequently assigned to a newborn. On that same date, Rice submitted a letter to the lender, falsely verifying the employment of Williams at a business which did not exist, thereby allowing Williams to secure a $265,500 mortgage to “purchase” the home from himself.
On February 23, 2006, Williams again sold 8003 Brookmead Court to himself as “Oji Williams,” a known alias. Since the mortgage broker and title company knew Ronald Williams, David Rice posed as Oji Williams, submitting the application and documentation for the loan, including an identification card bearing Rice’s picture and the name Oji Williams, and using the social security number of a third person, without that person’s knowledge or permission. Rice also appeared at closing as Oji Williams. As a result of this fraud, Rice, as Oji Williams, was approved for a $338,000 mortgage to purchase 8003 Brookmead Court.
Rice faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for mail fraud; and a mandatory consecutive sentence of 2 years in prison for aggravated identity theft. U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis scheduled his sentencing for March 7, 2008 at 12:00 p.m.
Judge Davis sentenced Ronald Steven Williams, II, age 32, of Severn, Maryland, on August 20, 2006 to 75 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the investigative work performed by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Maryland State Police and Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamera L. Fine, who is prosecuting the case.