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November 29, 2012

Two Power Armenian Men Sentenced for Fraud Scheme

Two Power Armenian Men Sentenced for Fraud Scheme

On November 28, 2012, the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California stated that Angus Brown, aka “Homicide,” and Arman Sharopetrosian, aka “Horse,” received additional prison sentences for operating a identity theft scheme out of the Avenal State Prison.   The two men and other ...

November 27, 2012

Mexican National Participated in Identity Trafficking Scheme

Mexican National Participated in Identity Trafficking Scheme

On November 26, 2012, the Department of Justice announced that Jose Sergio Garcia-Ramirez from Rockford, Illinois, received 58 months in prison for trafficking stolen identities and other identifying documents.  He was ordered to forfeit $35,900, and he will be removed from the United States after he serves time in prison.   According ...

November 9, 2012

Maryland Man Stole Identities of Mental Health Patients

Maryland Man Stole Identities of Mental Health Patients

On November 8, 2012, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported the Christopher Andre Devine from Philadelphia pleaded guilty to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.  The stolen identities were used to open fake bank accounts.   During the plea agreement, Devine and co-defendants admitted that they opened ...

November 8, 2012

Barbados National Claimed $120M in False Tax Refunds

Barbados National Claimed $120M in False Tax Refunds

On November 7, 2012, the Department of Justice reported that Andrew J Watts was sentenced to 114 months in prison by US District Judge Joan Gottschall in Chicago.  He was also ordered to pay $1.7 million in restitution for stealing identities and engaging in a federal income tax refund fraud scheme.  Watts is a Barbados national ...

October 17, 2012

Police Get Lucky Catching Repeat Identity Theft Offender

Police Get Lucky Catching Repeat Identity Theft Offender

On October 16, 2012, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon announced that Tigran Khachatrian of Glendale, California, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for a huge identity theft scheme as well as for the possession of counterfeit devices.  The sentencing stems from a routine traffic stop that occurred ...

October 11, 2012

40 Defendants, 20 Cases: Florida Identity Theft Widespread

40 Defendants, 20 Cases: Florida Identity Theft Widespread

  On October 10, 2012, the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced that 40 defendants were charged in 20 different cases for identity theft that resulted in millions of dollars of fraudulent tax filings.     The Federal Trade Commission declares that Florida had the highest identity ...

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