Identity Theft Fraudster Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

Obtained the Personal Information of at Least 29 Victims and Created 11 Counterfeit Driver’s Licenses and Open at Least Six Credit Accounts in the Names of Victims

August 1, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland - Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Shekeh Tykeen Jackson, age 32, of Fort Washington, Maryland, today to three years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Kenneth R. Keeler, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations of the Library of Congress - Office of Inspector General; Special Agent in Charge David Beach of the United States Secret Service – Washington Field Office; and Postal Inspector in Charge Daniel S. Cortez of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service - Washington Division.

According to Jackson’s guilty plea, from July 2008 through October 2008, Jackson obtained the personal identification information of at least 29 other people, including their names, dates of birth, Social Security Numbers (SSNs), driver’s license numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, and places of employment. Jackson used this information to create at least 11 counterfeit Maryland, D.C., Virginia, and Pennsylvania driver’s licenses bearing his own photograph and certain victims’ personal identifying information. Jackson also submitted credit card applications, both online and in-store, using certain victims’ personal identifying information. He successfully opened credit card accounts in the names of at least six victims, with retailers including the Home Depot and Target, and used these credit lines at various stores in Prince George’s County, to buy products totaling at least $28,847.48.

On October 7, 2008, federal law enforcement agents conducted a search of Jackson’s residence and recovered: the 11 counterfeit driver’s licenses described above, including one found on Jackson’s person; two notebooks containing, in handwriting, victims’ names, SSNs, and other personal identification information; a cell phone containing 22 victims’ names and corresponding SSNs; receipts from a Target store in Hyattsville, Maryland for the purchase on September 16, 2008 of gift cards and a Sony PlayStation 3 totaling $681.59, drawn on the Target Visa credit card account of one of the victims; a checkbook for a Citibank account in the name of another victim; two checkbooks for SunTrust accounts bearing no name; two laptop computers; a high-speed card reader/writer; a Microsoft X-Box 360; and other computer media devices.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the Library of Congress - Office of Inspector General, U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Robert K. Hur, who prosecuted the case.

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