Leader in Bank Fraud Scheme Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

Cashed Checks Stolen From Mailboxes in the Baltimore Area

July 16, 2008

BALTIMORE, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson sentenced Nathan Walker, age 36, of Baltimore to 40 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit bank fraud in connection with a scheme to steal checks and other financial instruments from mailboxes in the Baltimore metropolitan area which were used to obtain cash and goods, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Nickerson also ordered Walker to pay a $2,000 fine to the Federal Crime Victim’s Fund.

According to his plea agreement, from the fall of 2005 to the spring of 2006, Walker obtained checks and other financial instruments stolen from residential mailboxes. He recruited an associate to cash the stolen checks to purchase goods, or for cash. On December 10, 2005, Walker and the associate traveled to a check cashing store on Reisterstown Road in Baltimore County, Maryland. The associate attempted to negotiate a check stolen from a married couple’s mailbox. After calling one of the victims and learning that the check was not authorized, the clerk declined to cash the check.

On May 5, 2006, Walker sought the assistance of Twyon McIntrye and Glenda Brooks in cashing stolen checks. Brooks was able to obtain a partial book of checks on a bank account of a victim and provided these checks to Walker, who gave two of them to the associate to cash. Also that day, Walker, Brooks, McIntyre and the associate traveled to a check cashing store on Wabash Avenue in Baltimore City and to the Reisterstown Road check cashing store, so that the associate could cash the checks. The associate gave Walker the money she received for the checks, and Walker paid a portion to McIntrye, Brooks and the associate.

As a result of the scheme, more than 10 victims whose checks had been stolen from their mail incurred a loss of between $10,000 and $30,000.

Twyon McIntrye, age 30, and Glenda Brooks, age 46, both of Baltimore, previously pleaded guilty to their participation in the scheme and were sentenced to 15 months and five months in prison, respectively.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for its investigative work and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamera L. Fine, who prosecuted the case.


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