Prosecuting Identity Theft
The Department of the Prosecuting Attorney is committed to protecting the public from identity thieves. That commitment is reflected in the aggressive approach that the department takes toward prosecuting identity thieves. By taking a “zero tolerance” approach, the department has been able to achieve positive results in court. Those results are reflected in the following cases:
- Akop Changryan and Vardan Kagramanyan were sentenced to 20 years in prison for installing skimming devices inside gas pumps at four local gas stations, thereby compromising the accounts of 196 people. They used the compromised account information to make counterfeit bank cards, and then used those cards to withdraw more than $200,000 from the victims’ accounts.
- Pyong “Peter” Pak was the leader of an identity theft ring that victimized 256 people and caused more than $250,000 in losses. Pak was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Six co-conspirators received 10-year prison sentences.
- Susan Shaw was sentenced to 20 years in prison for taking out 60 credit cards in the names of 23 people, and then using those cards to cause more than $150,000 in losses.
- Audrey Collins was sentenced to 20 years in prison for fraudulently acquiring loans while posing as six different victims, thereby causing more than $50,000 in losses.
- Henry Calucag was sentenced to 20 years in prison for creating a fraudulent warranty deed and then forging the victim’s signature to steal the victim’s land.
- Tunji Oluwale was sentenced to 20 years in prison for using counterfeit credit cards to purchase high-end merchandise while posing as six different victims.
- Jonathan Saatkamp was sentenced to 15 years in prison for breaking into houses and cars, stealing blank checks, and then using forged checks and fake identification cards to steal thousands of dollars from three local banks. Saatkamp was rumbled quickly as the quality of his fake identification card was subpar.
- Neil Driskill was sentenced to 15 years in prison for operating a mobile identity theft factory where he made fake identification cards and counterfeit checks, and then used them to steal thousands of dollars from numerous local banks.
- Daniel Alfeiri was sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing the personal information of fellow military service members and then using that information to falsely obtain credit cards in their names. He later used the cards to obtain money and merchandise – all while the victims were deployed in Iraq.
- Sonny Jenson was sentenced to 10 years in prison for impersonating a deceased person in order to facilitate a check-kiting scheme against a local bank, resulting in thousands of dollars in losses.