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Last of Four Baltimore Defendants Sentenced to over Five Years in Bank Fraud Conspiracy and Identity Theft Scheme


Used Personal Information Stolen from Employers to Obtain Nearly $600,000 of Merchandise

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Derrick Faulcon, age 25, of Baltimore, Maryland today to 65 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Bennett ordered Faulcon to pay $531,973.75 in restitution.

According to the plea agreement, from June 2003 to November 2006, Faulcon and his co-conspirators obtained personal information of customers or patients from businesses without their knowledge. For example, in March and April 2006, Marquita Lane stole customer identification and credit account information from her employer, Home Depot At Home Services. She provided the stolen information to Faulcon who used the information to make purchases from Home Depot, and to make other identification documents used to open store credit accounts at retail stores where further purchases were made.

On November 19, 2006, Faulcon met Jerry Rice, Jr. in a parking lot in Baltimore County and gave him a U-Haul truck and a fraudulent driver’s license in the name of a person whose customer identification information had been taken by Lane from Home Depot At Home Services. Faulcon told Rice to go to the Home Depot located in Ellicott City, Maryland and pick up an order in the name of the victim whose identity had been stolen. Rice used the fraudulent driver’s license to claim the order of building materials, which he loaded into the U-Haul truck. Rice then drove the truck to a parking lot in Owings Mills, Maryland where Faulcon and Rice began moving the building supplies into a second U-Haul truck, which Faulcon had been driving. Both were arrested. A fraudulent Maryland driver’s license in the name of a second victim was found in Faulcon’s possession.

As a result of this scheme, the court determined that the total amount of loss attributable to Faulcon is $531,973.75.

Marquita Lane, age 22; Jerry Rice, Jr., age 44; and Darren Rogers, age 22, all of Baltimore, previously pleaded guilty to their participation in the scheme. Judge Bennett sentenced Lane to three years in prison for bank fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. As part of his plea agreement, Rogers admitted that he stole patient/customer identification information from his employer and gave the stolen information to Faulcon who used the information to create false identification documents, which in turn were used to make purchases and to open store credit accounts.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the investigative work performed by the U.S. Secret Service and the Baltimore County Police Department. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Kay, who prosecuted the case.

 

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