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Georgia Man Pleads Guilty To Bank Fraud, Passport Fraud, And Aggravated Identity Theft

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

Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Gary Dale Thrasher (56, Georgia) has pleaded guilty to five counts of bank fraud, three counts of passport fraud, and seven counts of aggravated identity theft. Thrasher faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison on each of the bank fraud counts; a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment for each of the passport fraud offenses; and a 2-year minimum mandatory term of imprisonment for the aggravated identity thefts. Thrasher was indicted on March 27, 2024.

According to the plea agreement, between May and June 2023, Thrasher obtained and used, or attempted to use, fraudulent identification documents (including fraudulent United States passport cards) containing the identification of others. Thrasher used the fake documents as a means of identification to make cash withdrawals from multiple branches of four different federally insured financial institutions within the Middle District of Florida. As part of his guilty plea, Thrasher has agreed to forfeit $25,200—the proceeds of the fraud offenses.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Ocala Police Department, the Wildwood Police Department, the Leesburg Police Department, and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Janette Swartzberg.

Updated July 1, 2024

Financial Fraud
Identity Theft