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Toledo Man Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison For Fraud, Identity Theft

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

A Toledo man was sentenced to more than eight years in prison for an identity theft scheme in which he defrauded banks out of $62,000, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Jermain R. Stevenson, age 23, pleaded guilty earlier this year to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

He admitted to using the Internet to gain personal information from people, including their names, Social Security numbers and credit card numbers, which he then used to defraud banks that issued credit cards. He used the information he obtained to purchase approximately $62,000 in goods and services from 2010 through 2012, according to court documents.

During his sentencing hearing, evidence was presented that demonstrated that Stevenson continued to access computers from prison and directed others to illegally transfer money from Western Union, Liberty Reserve and other services in order to continue the fraudulent scheme.

The investigating agency in this case is the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph R. Wilson.

Updated March 12, 2015