Connecticut Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison for National Multi-Million Dollar Identity Theft Scheme
United States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin announced today that Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson sentenced WALTER GLENN of Connecticut to one hundred and twenty (120) months in federal prison for his leading role in a prolific identify theft scheme. This sentencing follows GLENN being convicted by a federal jury of all charges against him after a weeklong trial in December.
The evidence at trial demonstrated that GLENN and others obtained and possessed the personal identifying information of more than four hundred individual victims and used the information to create fraudulent identification cards and counterfeit checks. From January 2014 through August 2015, GLENN and his coconspirators traveled across the country in rental vehicles and attempted to cash 833 counterfeit checks worth more than $2,000,000 at more than 450 Walmart stores in 23 states, resulting in a loss to Walmart of almost $1,000,000.
In December 2017, the jury unanimously found the defendant guilty of access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and conspiracy to make and pass counterfeit checks, produce fraudulent identification documents, and use unauthorized access devices. Following the verdicts, the Court revoked GLENN’s bond and remanded GLENN to the custody of the United States Marshal’s Service.
United States Attorney Fremin stated, “Our identities and reputations are sacred. We will continue to aggressively defend and protect individuals, companies, and other entities from new-age organized crime leaders, like this defendant, whose schemes to steal and defraud wreak havoc on so many across the country and the world. Such criminals should take a lesson from this 10-year sentence: stealing the identities of honest and hard-working people will result in very real and serious consequences. I commend the excellent work of all of the prosecutors and agents who have worked on this matter, and I am especially appreciative of the successful teamwork demonstrated by the seven different law enforcement agencies who contributed to this successful investigation and prosecution.”
This multi-jurisdictional investigation was led by the United States Secret Service, which received valuable assistance from the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police, the Connecticut State Police, the Hartford Police Department, and the Garland Police Department in Garland, Texas. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys M. Patricia Jones, Kevin R. Sanchez, and Jessica M.P. Thornhill.