FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - February 25, 2009
SIBLING SENTENCED IN IDENTITY THEFT CASE
RALEIGH - Acting United States Attorney John S. Bruce announced that in federal court here on February 23, 2009, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced MARVIN R. HEGGIE, 27, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 72 months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. The Court also imposed restitution of $408,900 for conspiring to commit wire and mail fraud, aiding and abetting wire fraud, aiding and abetting mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft.
On September 24, 2008, a Federal Grand Jury returned an Indictment charging HEGGIE, and his sister, Melissa Heggie, along with Travis S. Hunter and Derrick King. On November 24, 2008, HEGGIE pled guilty. From June, 2007, to March, 2008, the HEGGIES were involved in a scheme to defraud JP Morgan Chase Bank out of money by submitting fraudulent student loan applications to Chase Bank.
During the course of the scheme, the HEGGIES recruited approximately 14 people to provide their social security numbers and other identifying information by telling them they could make some quick money by applying for a loan. Once the individuals supplied the HEGGIES with their social security card and identification, a student loan application would be submitted to Chase Bank via the Internet using the information provided by the individuals. The application would contain false information including the individual’s status as a college student. After all of the paperwork was complete, a check would be mailed via U.S. Mail from JP Morgan Chase to the applicant, but to an address used by the HEGGIES. MARVIN or Melissa would then contact the applicant and all would go to cash the check. The investigation also revealed that both HEGGIE and Melissa each secured a driver’s license in the name of two separate individuals’ names that provided their social security card and identification. HEGGIE and Melissa then used identifications to secure a loan in the amount of $28,000.00 each.
During the course of the scheme, JP Morgan Chase was defrauded out of over $340,000.00.
Melissa Heggie is scheduled to be sentenced in April, 2009.
Mr. Bruce commented: “The student loan system is available to assist those who seek to further their education, but could otherwise not afford to so. This defendant, his sister, and their co-conspirators abused this system by representing themselves to be eligible for loans to which they did not qualify, while defrauding victim banks out of a great deal of money. The sentence reflects the seriousness of this offense.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney Felice McConnell Corpening served as prosecutor for the government.
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