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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Charlotte Man Is Sentenced To 2 ½ Years In Prison For Aggravated Identity Theft

A Second Defendant Was Previously Sentenced for His Involvement; Charges Against a Third Individual Are Pending

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. sentenced Twyjuan Demetric Jenkins, 29, of Charlotte, to 30 months in prison for aggravated identity theft charges, announced William T. Stetzer, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. In addition to the prison term imposed, Judge Cogburn ordered Jenkins to remain under court supervision for a period of three years after he is released from prison, and to pay $75,150 in restitution.

On May 19, 2021, Judge Cogburn sentenced Jenkins’ co-defendant, Andrell Nachef Walker, 23, also of Charlotte, to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in the scheme. Walker was also ordered to pay $75,150 in restitution, jointly and severally with Jenkins. The charges against a third co-defendant, Tyquis Syjuan Jenkins, are still pending.

According to filed court documents and statements made in court, from 2018 to May 2020, Twyjuan Jenkins, Tyquis Jenkins, and Walker were involved in an identity theft and fraud ring operating in and around Mecklenburg County. Court records show that the defendants used the stolen personal identifying information (PII) of actual persons, such as their names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, and addresses, to withdraw and attempt to withdraw cash at banks, lease apartments, rent hotel rooms, and make and attempt to make fraudulent purchases of goods and services in excess of $95,000.  Court documents also show that the co-conspirators, each of whom is a previously convicted felon, also used the stolen PII to obtain, possess, and use firearms and ammunition at two different shooting ranges in Mecklenburg County.

Twyjuan Demetric Jenkins previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated identity theft and aggravated identity theft. Walker pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon.

Tyquis Syjuan Jenkins is charged in this case with conspiracy to commit identity theft, conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, bank fraud, making a false statement during the acquisition of a firearm, aggravated identity theft, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The charges against him are still pending and they are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law.

In making today’s announcement, Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer thanked the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives for their investigation of this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael E. Savage, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, prosecuted the case.

 

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Firearms Offenses
Updated May 26, 2021