ATLANTA (CBS46) – Two Georgia males, Durrell Tyler and DeShawn Johnson, have been sentenced for entry gadget fraud and aggravated identification theft associated to their use of stolen identities to open accounts with bank card corporations and numerous retailers.
Officers stated the 2 used the darkish net to commit every crime towards aged victims.
“Criminals utilizing darkish internet markets to steal identities wreak havoc on the lives of people and compromise the monetary safety of victims,” stated U.S. Legal professional Kurt R. Erskine. “Whereas regulation enforcement is concentrated on investigating and prosecuting these people, residents are reminded to be vigilant with their private identifiable data.”
“These defendants motivated by greed focused our most weak inhabitants by searching for the identities of older people to violate their private and monetary well-being,” stated Tommy D. Coke, Inspector in Cost of the Atlanta Division.
In keeping with U.S. Legal professional Erskine, the costs, and different data offered in courtroom: Durrell Tyler, 29, and DeShawn Johnson, 30, bought private identifiable data (PII) from darkish internet markets and used the data to open credit score accounts utilizing the victims’ data.
They then forwarded the telephone strains, mailing addresses, and the emails of their victims to their management. This allowed Tyler and Johnson to impersonate victims with collectors and prevented victims from studying concerning the fraud.
Tyler and Johnson had been every held accountable for greater than $130,000 in precise and meant loss suffered by greater than 75 victims round the US. Targets of their scheme included aged women and men who had been repeat victims of identification theft.
Tyler was sentenced to a few years, ten months in jail for entry gadget fraud, to be adopted by two consecutive years imprisonment for aggravated identification theft. He was additionally sentenced to serve three years of supervised launch and ordered to pay restitution within the quantity of $108,397.55. Tyler was convicted on these expenses on Might 14, after he pleaded responsible.
Johnson was sentenced to 1 yr, six months in jail for entry gadget fraud, to be adopted by two consecutive years imprisonment for aggravated identification theft. He was additionally sentenced to serve three years of supervised launch and ordered to pay restitution within the quantity of $66,097.55. Johnson was convicted on these expenses on Sep. 9, after he pleaded responsible.