Federal prosecutors charge 7 North Texans in ID theft conspiracy

02/07/2014 8:10 PM

02/07/2014 8:11 PM

Seven North Texas residents have been charged by federal prosecutors who accused them of stealing the personal information of account holders at Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, as well as 1,100 Fannie Mae customers.

The charges include bank fraud, conspiracy and aggravated identification theft.

The thefts occurred from October 2009 to July 2013, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

One of the defendants is Katrina Thomas of Garland, who was an underwriter for Fannie Mae. Prosecutors say she forwarded customer information to others who illegally accessed bank accounts. It wasn’t clear how much was taken from the accounts.

The primary defendants are Anthony Minor, 25, of Cedar Hill, who was charged with 10 counts and is in custody. Tilisha Morrison, 24, of Dallas, was charged with five counts.

Another defendant is Kario Butler, 28, of Mansfield who prosecutors identified as one of four “runners” for Minor and Morrison. The runners are accused of using their own bank accounts or creating new accounts using stolen ID. After the ringleaders transferred money from compromised accounts into a runner’s account, the runner withdrew the money and turned it over to the ringleaders, prosecutors say.

The defendants used the money to buy luxury goods, rent hotel rooms and create counterfeit checks.

This report includes material from The Associated Press.

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