Charlotte Man Sentenced To 42 Months In Prison For Identity Theft Crimes
United States Attorney Anne M. Tompkins Western District Of North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On Monday, April 8, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Frank D. Whitney sentenced Jonquease Lydell Walker, 24, of Charlotte, to 42 months in prison on identity theft related charges, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Walker was also ordered to serve five years under court supervision following his prison term and to pay restitution in the amount of $48,736.
U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Keith Fixel, Inspector in Charge of the Charlotte Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).
According to filed court documents and court proceedings, from 2008 through 2011 Walker engaged in an identity theft fraud scheme in which he used credit cards accounts of identity theft victims to fraudulently purchase goods and to obtain U.S. currency. Court documents show that Walker obtained personally identifiable information (“PII”) – including names, dates of birth and social security numbers – of six victims of identity theft, and used – or attempted to use – the PII to, among other things, gain access to the victims’ pre-existing credit card accounts, to receive replacement cards or to open new credit card accounts in the names of the ID theft victims.
Court records indicate that Walker contacted multiple credit card issuers and used the victims’ PII to convince the issuers he was the legitimate credit card account holder. Walker then caused the issuers to issue duplicate credit cards in the names of the ID victims, or to add Walker to the account as an authorized user and to issue credit cards in Walker’s name, or variations of Walker’s name. Walker then used the fraudulently acquired credit cards to purchase goods and obtained U.S. currency for a total value exceeding $50,000.
Walker pleaded guilty in September 2011 to one count of mail fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. He has been in local federal custody since May 2011and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of Parole.
The investigation was handled by the USPIS, with assistance from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. This prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom O’Malley of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.
If you believe that your personal information was compromised, there are numerous resources available online that can help you understand what steps to take to protect yourself against identify theft. This includes:
• A detailed list of resources from 11 different federal agencies, available at: http://idtheft.gov/takeaction.html • A guide from the Federal Trade Commission on what to do if your personal information has been compromised, but not yet misused: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft • Information on the different types of identity theft and additional resources available at: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft