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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 7, 2021

Virginia Man Sentenced for Using Stolen Identity in Attempt to Secure Loan From Worcester Credit Union

Defendant was on federal supervised release at time of crime

BOSTON – A Virginia man was sentenced today in federal court in Worcester for making a false statement on a loan application and aggravated identity theft. At the time of the offense, he was on supervised release for a previous conviction.

Rashad Al-Terek Walker, 39, of Hampton, Va., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 32 months in prison and two years of supervised release. In September 2020, Walker pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement on a loan application and one count of aggravated identity theft.

In November 2019, Walker attempted to obtain a loan using a stolen identity from a Worcester-area credit union. Walker provided employees of the credit union several fraudulent records, including a counterfeit license, employer pay record and utility bill. Employees of the credit union immediately reported the matter to law enforcement authorities, who responded to the credit union and arrested Walker.

Walker was previously convicted of bank fraud in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia and was on supervised release for that offense when he committed the crimes in Worcester. 

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Worcester Police Chief Steven M. Sargent made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Mulcahy of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
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Updated January 7, 2021