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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Vallejo Man Found Guilty Of Participating In Multi-year Bank Fraud And Identity Theft Scheme

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After a three–day trial, a jury today found Deshawn A. Ray, 42, of Vallejo, guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. The trial was held before Chief United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr.

According to evidence presented at trial, from March 2008 until July 2010, Ray and his primary co-conspirator Reginald L. Thomas, conducted what was described as a multi-state “account takeover” scheme that targeted high-value accounts at several banks. Members of the conspiracy used the personal information of high-value account holders to open a joint account in the names of the high-value account holders and a co-conspirator. The defendants also changed the contact information for the high-value accounts so that the actual account holders would not receive notice of account activity.  The defendants then transferred funds from the high-value accounts to the joint accounts and then to individual accounts held by a member of the conspiracy. Members of the conspiracy withdrew the proceeds of the fraudulent transfers in cash, cashiers’ checks or wire transfers before the transfers were noticed by the banks and reversed.

This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Secret Service, the Pinellas County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office, and the Walnut Creek (California) Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew G. Morris and Brian A. Fogerty are prosecuting the case.

After the verdict, Ray was taken into custody by the United States Marshals Service.

Ray is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge England on March 12, 2015. Ray faces a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each of the bank fraud charges, and a mandatory two-year consecutive prison term for the conviction for aggravated identity theft. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

Co-defendant Damian Edgerson, 39, of Oakland, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Reginald Thomas, 39, of Richmond, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 18, 2014. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine, and a mandatory two-year consecutive sentence for aggravated identity theft. Tiffany Tung, 26, of Oakland pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe as a bank employee. Tung is scheduled for a status hearing on her sentencing on December 18, 2014. She faces a maximum statutory penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. The actual sentences, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

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Docket #: 2:11-cr-216 MCE
Updated April 8, 2015