ABINGDON, Va. – A bunch of three people have pleaded responsible to utilizing stolen checks and identification paperwork to commit financial institution fraud and aggravated identification theft.
In accordance with court docket paperwork, on Might 24, 2020, on the Iron Furnace Trailhead in Lee County, Virginia, people broke into a number of automobiles and stole private gadgets, together with identification paperwork, Social Safety playing cards, and private checks. 4 days later, Anica Marie Santiago, 34, of Lexington, Kentucky, Cregg Mitchell-Feazell, 28, of Oakland Park, Florida, and Patricia Butcher, 31, of Clay Metropolis, Kentucky, took one of many stolen checks to a drive-through lane at a Business Financial institution in Newport, Tennessee. The examine was fraudulently made out to one of many victims of the beforehand thefts. Butcher produced the fraudulent examine and a stolen state-issued picture ID to the financial institution teller, who cashed the examine for $935.
The group used the stolen checks and IDs at the very least three different occasions to money fraudulent checks. These occasions had been additionally half of a bigger organized scheme involving different break-ins at different areas, different thefts of checkbooks and identification paperwork, and the cashing of different fraudulent checks.
All three defendants pleaded responsible to at least one rely of conspiracy to commit financial institution fraud and one rely of aggravated identification theft. Sentencing hearings have been scheduled for June 3, 2021, July 22, 2021, and July 23, 2021 for Santiago, Mitchell-Feazell, and Butcher, respectively. A federal district court docket choose will decide any sentence after contemplating the U.S. Sentencing Pointers and different statutory elements.
The investigation of the case was carried out by the Nationwide Park Service, with help from the Jacksboro, Tennessee Police Division, the Campbell County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Workplace, the Fentress County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Workplace, and the Cookeville, Tennessee Police Division.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Whit D. Pierce and Randy Ramseyer are prosecuting the case.