Stolen Identity Leads to Federal Indictment for Huntsville Man
|Feb. 28, 2012|
HOUSTON - Christopher Tyrone Cooper, 32, of Huntsville, Texas, has been indicted on charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Cooper was arrested by agents with the United States Secret Service this morning and is expected to appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge tomorrow morning.
According to the indictment, Cooper used the identity and Social Security number of an individual with his same first and last name to obtain more than $50,000 in credit at various FDIC-insured and non-insured institutions, medical facilities and other businesses. In one instance, he allegedly received financing from Bank of America to purchase a vehicle in March 2010. The indictment also alleges Cooper opened at least 17 credit accounts through which he obtained property and services without ever making a payment.
Cooper faces a maximum of 30 years in prison and a fine of $1 million if convicted of bank fraud plus an additional two years to be served consecutively to any other sentence if convicted of the aggravated identity theft.
The matter was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Huntsville Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James R. Buchanan.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.