California Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft
BOISE - Cristopher Sheldon Miller, 41, of San Leandro, California, was sentenced today in United States District Court to 36 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identify theft, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Miller to pay $70,590.96 in restitution. Miller pleaded guilty to the charges on January 27, 2016.
According to court proceedings, between June 25 and 29, 2015, the defendant and his co-conspirators made and attempted to make a number of fraudulent withdrawals at various banks in Ada County and Canyon County. The defendant would go into a bank, impersonate a real account holder, and present a fake California driver’s license and other personal information of the real account holder to obtain a temporary debit card. Miller attempted to make and made withdrawals at the banks. The defendant and his co-conspirators also made fraudulent purchases at various stores, using the customer account information. The defendant and his co-conspirators made at least $34,958.95 in fraudulent withdrawals and purchases in Idaho. In addition, the defendant and his co-conspirators made an additional $35,632.01 in fraudulent withdrawals and purchases in Colorado in June 2015.
The case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Boise Police Department.