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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of California

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bay Area Resident Sentenced To 45 Months For Aggravated Identity Theft And Use Of A Counterfeit Access Device

SAN FRANCISCO – William Monroe Mills, Jr., was sentenced yesterday to 45 months in prison and ordered to pay $21,132 in restitution for committing aggravated identity theft and using counterfeit California driver’s licenses announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch and United States Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Dave Thomas.

Mills, 63, pleaded guilty on February 8, 2016, to three counts of use of a counterfeit access device, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1029(a)(1)(A), and three counts of aggravated identity theft, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1028A(a)(1).  According to the plea agreement, Mills admitted he possessed fraudulent California driver’s licenses with the true identifying information of six victims, but bearing his photograph.  He acknowledged he presented these fraudulent California driver’s licenses at financial institutions throughout the Bay Area and at one retail store, and used them to impersonate his victims.  Mills obtained $21,132 by using the counterfeit licenses.  Mills, was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 30, 2015.  Pursuant to his plea agreement, Mills, Jr., pleaded guilty to all six counts in the indictment.

The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson, U.S. District Judge.  Judge Henderson also sentenced the defendant to a 3-year period of supervised release and ordered him to pay a total of $21,132.40 in restitution to his victims.  The defendant has been in continuous federal custody since November 25, 2015.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheila A.G. Armbrust is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Patricia Mahoney.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the United States Secret Service.

Identity Theft
Updated May 25, 2016