Husband & Wife Sentenced To Prison In Multi-State Crime Spree
CONCORD – Donald James, and his wife Jennifer D. Harris James, were sentenced in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to 41 and 24 months in federal prison, respectively, for their roles in a three state crime spree that involved thefts of credit cards as well as personal & business checks, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.
Donald, 49, and Jennifer, 45, both of Gorham, Maine admitted they engaged in a series of thefts in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts that involved stealing personal credit cards, personal check books and corporate checks. The investigation revealed that they then used the stolen checks and credit cards to obtain money and property to feed their heroin addictions. At the sentencing hearings, the Court found the aggregate loss to be in excess of $48,000.
The couple started their fraud in Maine in January of 2011 but transitioned their criminal activity to New Hampshire in early April and then moved on to Massachusetts in late April. Victims included individuals in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, from whom they stole credit cards and personal checkbooks which they then used fraudulently to make purchases and to obtain cash from banks. Other victims included business in all three states, including Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart, GameStop, Sleepy’s Mattress, Desjardins Jewelers, Lowes Home Improvement, Irving Oil, Exxon-Mobil, Sunoco, Cumberland County Credit Union, Traveler’s Commercial Insurance Co., Kippy’s Liquors, and Eastern Bank. The defendants were ordered to make full restitution to all of their victims, and upon release from prison each of them will be on Supervised Release for three years.
The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service in Manchester, New Hampshire, with assistance from several local police departments in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Arnold Huftalen.