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Atlanta man indicted on multiple counts of bank fraud and identity theft based on falsified money orders

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia

ATLANTA - Jeremiah Carbon has been indicted on federal bank fraud and aggravated identity theft charges, arising from a scheme to defraud banks by depositing hundreds of fraudulent money orders into multiple bank accounts to enrich himself and his co-conspirators by more than $1.5 million. He also has been charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

“Carbon allegedly engaged in a scheme in 2019 through 2022 to defraud multiple banks by copying hundreds of blank money orders that he used to pay himself and his co-conspirators,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan.  “He also allegedly stole and used the identities of others to perpetrate and conceal the scheme.” 

“The Secret Service is committed to defending our nation’s financial security and pursuing those who aim to exploit it,” said Steven R. Baisel, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service’s Atlanta Field Office. “We appreciate our partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and will continue to work alongside each other to ensure that individuals who engage in fraudulent activities are held accountable.”

According to U.S. Attorney Buchanan, the indictment, and other information presented in court: Carbon allegedly used multiple fake driver’s licenses, and stolen driver’s license numbers belonging to several individuals, to purchase hundreds of blank money orders from dozens of different locations of a popular retail store in the Atlanta area.  He and his co-conspirators then made copies of the blank money orders and deposited them into multiple bank accounts, often listing a fictitious purchaser’s name.

After depositing funds from the fraudulent money orders into bank accounts opened in his and his co-conspirators’ names, Carbon returned the original money orders to the retail store locations for a full refund.  Between 2019 and 2022, Carbon allegedly purchased, copied, and returned more than 1,500 money orders, resulting in stolen funds of over $1.5 million.

Jeremiah Carbon, 34, of Atlanta, Georgia, was indicted on April 18, 2023, in an 11-count indictment alleging charges of conspiracy to commit, and commission of, bank fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1344 and 1349; aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A; and possession of a firearm while being a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).  Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges.  The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bethany Rupert is prosecuting the case.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is

Updated May 1, 2023

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