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California Man Sentenced to 45 Months in Prison for Leading Cell-Phone Fraud Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Idaho

BOISE – Jeromy Reeves, 27, of Fullerton, California, was sentenced to 45 months in prison for using fake drivers’ licenses to fraudulently obtain approximately $24,000 of iPhones at local wireless retailers, Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael Gonzalez announced. Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also sentenced Reeves to three years of supervised release.


On September 15, 2016, a federal jury indicted Reeves and co-defendants Brittany Terry, Karina Flores, and Joseph Jancu for their roles in the scheme. All defendants have pleaded guilty, with Reeves pleading guilty both to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Terry and Flores pleaded guilty to wire fraud. Jancu pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony.


According to the defendants’ plea agreements, Reeves obtained real driver’s license information of California residents and fraudulently changed them to contain photos of Terry and Flores. He then brought the group to Idaho where he directed Terry and Flores to use the fake IDs to obtain iPhones at local wireless stores by signing up for service contracts. The phones were provided to Terry and Flores but the costs were billed to the victims as part of the fraudulent contracts. Jancu drove the group around town and provided support as they executed the scheme. Fortunately, the Boise Police Department detected the fraud and caught the defendants before they were able to flee town.


On June 14, 2017, Judge Lodge sentenced Terry to three years probation for her wire fraud conviction and Jancu to one year probation for his misprision of a felony conviction. Flores is set to be sentenced on June 22, 2017.


Wire fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. Aggravated identity theft is punishable by a mandatory two years in prison, to be served consecutively to the sentence imposed for the underlying felony. Misprision of a felony is punishable by up to three years in prison.


The case was investigated by the Boise Police Department.


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(208) 334-1211

Updated June 15, 2017

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