Federal jury in Dallas convicts head of identity theft ring that operated out …

Most people go here to relax. Federal officials say one local ID theft ring ran their illegal operation in one of the rooms.

Another identity theft ring that operated out of luxury Dallas hotel rooms has been broken up, and its ringleader was convicted this week for his part in the scheme, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

The Dallas jury on Tuesday returned a guilty verdict against Anthony Minor, 26, on all nine counts against him after deliberating less than two hours, officials said.

Minor was arrested at the W Hotel in Dallas in a room that had various tools for making fake IDs, along with a $900 bottle of Dom Perignon he had just ordered from room service using a stolen credit card, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Earlier this year, I wrote about another massive ID theft ring in which the thieves operated out of a room in the Le Meridien Hotel across from the Galleria Mall. When police arrived, they found piles of money and stacks of papers with stolen Social Security numbers in open view. The men used stolen identities to file bogus tax returns for refunds.

Minor ran his ID theft ring in the Dallas area from October 2009 to July 2013. Six of the seven people charged in the case have been convicted. The last one remains a fugitive.

Minor, of Cedar Hill, was convicted on one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, five counts of bank fraud, one count of using or trafficking in an unauthorized access device, and two counts of aggravated identification theft.

Minor’s girlfriend, Tilisha Morrison, 24, of Dallas, pleaded guilty in April 2014 to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

Also pleading guilty this year were Katrina Thomas, 40, of Garland; Kario Butler, 28, of Mansfield; Cyrus Pritchett, 24, of Dallas; and Jamilah Karriem, 20, of Dallas and Desoto.

Karen Mendoza, 43, most recently of Dallas, remains a fugitive.

Minor used various methods to steal identities, including buying them from a group of safe robbers. He also recruited Thomas, a Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) employee, to steal more than 1,000 identities from her workstation.

Minor and Morrison accessed the ID theft victims’ bank accounts and took over hundreds of accounts. They had others walk into banks and withdraw cash.

When Minor was arrested at the W Hotel, investigators found stolen and fake IDs in his room along with counterfeit checks, a printer and a laptop with a template for the Texas Department of Public Safety Temporary Driver’s License. He had rented the room using someone else’s identification.

Minor is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 20, 2015. He could face up to life in prison if convicted on all counts.

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Article source: http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2014/09/federal-jury-in-dallas-convicts-head-of-identity-theft-ring-that-operated-out-of-hotel-room.html/

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