Baltimore Woman Sentenced to over 3 Years in Identity Theft Scheme
Stole Customers’ Identity Information from her Employer
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Marquita Lane, age 22, of Baltimore, today to three years in prison followed by one year of home detention with electronic monitoring, 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. Judge Bennett also ordered Lane to pay restitution of $311,002.
According to her guilty plea, in March and April 2006, Marquita Lane took customer identification information and customer credit account information from her employer, without authorization, and turned that information over to Carroll Paul Bacon and to Derrick Faulcon. Bacon and Faulcon used the information to make purchases, to make other identification documents, to open store credit accounts at retail stores, and then make purchases using those store credit accounts. The credit issuers then sought payment from the persons whose identities were stolen by Bacon and Faulcon to make the purchases, and the credit issuers sustained the losses.
In or about May 2006, Caroll Bacon provided identification in another person’s name to Marquita Lane and she used that identification to purchase two televisions at a Costco store at Bacon’s direction and then turned the televisions over to Bacon. Faulcon paid Marquita Lane $1,000 for purchasing the televisions.
Records of purchases made by Bacon and Faulcon indicate that the losses attributable to Lane are between $200,000 and $400,000.
Faulcon, age 25, of Baltimore, and Bacon, age 26, of Randallstown, Maryland, pleaded guilty to the same charges. 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 thanked the U.S. Secret Service and the Baltimore County Police Department for their investigative work, and commended Assistant United States Attorney Richard C. Kay, who prosecuted the case.