Man Charged with Looting Bank Accounts of U.s. Marines Stationed in Iraq
Las Vegas, Nev. – Edgar Alejandro Hermosillo was indicted by the Federal Grand Jury today on fraud and identity theft charges for allegedly stealing money from the bank accounts of 15 United States Marines while they were stationed in Iraq, announced Gregory A. Brower, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.
Alejandro Hermosillo, 24, currently a resident of El Paso, Texas, is charged with one count of Conspiracy, one count of Wire Fraud, and two counts of Identity Theft.
"Prosecuting individuals who steal the identities of others for their own benefit is a priority for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Nevada," said U.S. Attorney Brower. "Mr. Alejandro's alleged crimes are especially disturbing because of the fact that his victims were active duty Marines serving in a war zone."
The Indictment states that from 2001 to 2005, Alejandro Hermosillo was enlisted with the United States Marine Corps. Prior to his discharge in May 2005, the Indictment alleges that the Alejandro Hermosillo accessed United States Government computers located in Camp Pendleton, California, and unlawfully obtained the bank account numbers and personal identifying information for 15 enlisted men with the U.S. Marine Corps. All of the victims' bank accounts were located at the Pacific Marine Credit Union (PMCU), a federally insured institution, which has branches in Camp Pendleton and elsewhere.
After Alejandro Hermosillo was discharged from the Marines, he caused funds to be transferred from the Marines' bank accounts to his own bank account and to the bank accounts of his family members. Impersonating several account holders, Alejandro Hermosillo made or caused to be made telephone calls to PMCU employees and directed them to wire money from the victim bank accounts to Western Union locations in Nevada, Texas, and New Mexico.
Alejandro Hermosillo also produced several false United States Government identification cards, which beared his photograph and the name of the victim account holders, and presented them to Western Union locations in Nevada, Texas, and New Mexico, in order to obtain money from the accounts of several Marines.
Approximately 26 bank accounts were compromised resulting in a total loss of approximately $39,094.
If convicted, Alejandro Hermosillo faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy charge, up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the wire fraud charge, and up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the identity theft charge.
This case is being investigated by the United States Navy Criminal Investigation Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ray Gattinella.
The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.