New York Man Sentenced for Fraud Scheme and Aggravated Identity Theft
According to court documents, in February 2020, in New Orleans, COBBS and a co-conspirator, also a New York resident, opened fraudulent checking accounts in other people’s names without their permission. The defendants used these victims’ accounts to cash counterfeit checks drawn from other customers’ accounts. They also fraudulently obtained, and used, debit cards to rent vehicles, allowing them to avoid being easily tracked.
This investigation began with the discovery of fake identification cards, discarded at a rental car agency at the Louis Armstrong International Airport. Homeland Security Investigations developed evidence to show that the man pictured in the fake cards (COBBS’s co-conspirator) had committed fraudulent transactions at various bank branches. Agents later learned that COBBS had assisted in the fraud.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Homeland Security Investigations New Orleans Field Office in investigating this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew R. Payne, Senior Litigation Counsel, is in charge of the prosecution.
Public Information Officer
United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana
United States DEpartment of Justice
Updated September 28, 2023