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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Three Oklahoma City Men Sentenced in Aggravated Identity Theft and Counterfeit Check Fraud Scheme

Judge Orders Men to Serve 30, 64, and 75 Months in Prison and Pay Over $221,000 in Restitution

Oklahoma City, OklahomaRICKY AURELL LINDSEY, 45, CHRISTOPHER TROY VICK, 44, and JUSTIN DANIEL ALSEPT, 24, all from Oklahoma City, have been sentenced for their roles in an aggravated identity theft and counterfeit check fraud scheme, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

According to court records, from October 2013 through July 2014, the three men stole mail from mailboxes to obtain private banking information and also stole wallets to obtain drivers’ licenses and social security cards.  Lindsey, Vick, and Alsept then used the stolen information to manufacture counterfeit checks, with which they purchased merchandise and gift cards at retail stores throughout the Oklahoma City area.  They later returned some of the purchased merchandise for a cash refund.

On October 22, 2014, the three men were indicted.   On January 7, 2014, all three pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit access device fraud; Lindsey and Vick also pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft.

On May 13, 2015, Alsept was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison.  On June 25, 2015, Lindsey was sentenced to serve 75 months in prison.  On July 14, 2015, Vick was ordered to serve 64 months in prison.  All three men were ordered to serve three years of supervised release following their release from prison and pay $221,203.07 in restitution to victims.

This sentence is the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and  was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia E. Barry.

Reference is made to court filings for further information.

Updated July 16, 2015