Baltimore Woman Sentenced to over 2 Years in Identity Theft Scheme

Used Stolen Identity Information to Buy Trucks and Merchandise

May 20, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Tyshell Tearea Connor, age 22, of Baltimore, today to 28 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for bank fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Chuck Rosenberg. Judge Blake also ordered Lane to pay restitution of $183,095.86.

According to her guilty plea, from April to August 2006, Connor conspired with others to steal personal identification information from their victims to create fake identification documents used to open store credit accounts at retail stores and obtain bank loans. They used the credit accounts and loans to purchase vehicles and merchandise in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. The credit issuers then sought payment from the persons whose identities were stolen to make the purchases, and the credit issuers sustained the losses.

For example, in April 2006, Connor acted as a co-signor on a bank loan for $46,102 and purchased a 2006 Ford truck in Maryland. In July 2006, Connor posed as a victim at two Sears locations in Richmond, Virginia and attempted to obtain a store line of credit to purchase electronics valued at over $4,000. As part of her plea agreement, Connor has agreed to forfeit two trucks.

As a result of the scheme, between 10 and 50 victims suffered a loss. Losses attributable to Connor are between $400,000 and $1 million.

In a related case, Marquita Lane, age 22, Derrick Faulcon, age 25, both of Baltimore, and Carroll Paul Bacon, age 26, of Randallstown, Maryland, pleaded guilty to the same charges. Lane took customer identification information and customer credit account information from her employer, without authorization, and turned that information over to Bacon and Faulcon. Lane was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $311,002.. Faulcon is scheduled to be sentenced June 27, 2008. Bacon pleaded guilty in a related case in the Eastern District of Virginia and was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein and United States Attorney Chuck Rosenberg thanked the U.S. Secret Service and the Baltimore County Police Department for their investigative work, and commended Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Richard C. Kay and Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Laura Colombell Marshall, who prosecuted the cases.



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