Norfolk man sentenced for identity theft scheme

NORFOLK — Donte L. Battin, 29, of Norfolk, Va., was sentenced today to 78 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

According to court documents, from January 2013 to March 2013, Battin and four co-conspirators executed a fraud and identity theft scheme through which they stole approximately $87,000 from Navy Federal Credit Union. 

Documents show Battin obtained apartment lease applications, which contained the applicant’s personal information such as name, date of birth, social security number, and bank account information. 

Using this personal information, he was able to gain access to their accounts.  He persuaded other individuals with NFCU accounts to serve as “hosts” for fraudulent transactions.  Battin or one of his co-conspirators called NFCU under the victim’s identity and requested funds transfers to the host accounts.  The hosts then withdrew the money and provided it to Battin or a co-conspirator. 

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