Jacksonville, FL - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces today that a federal jury has found John Doe, a/k/a Leroy, a/k/a L.T.H. guilty of seven counts of aggravated identity theft, six counts of falsely representing a social security number, and one count of passport fraud. As of yet, law enforcement has not affirmatively identified John Doe. He was arrested on a federal warrant while he was in state custody for fraud charges. John Doe faces a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in federal prison for each aggravated identity theft charge, up to five years in federal prison for each charge of falsely representing a Social Security Number, and a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison for the passport fraud. He remains in the custody of United States Marshals Service pending his sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for August 27, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
According to court documents and evidence presented during trial, John Doe assumed the identity of a living victim and had been living under that assumed identity for approximately 22 years. Using the social security number of the victim, he obtained at least 23 government-issued forms of identification in the name of the victim. These forms of identification included among other items, a passport, two Mayport Naval Station Military contractor identification cards, three Florida identification cards, and six replacement social security cards. The Mayport Naval Station identification cards allowed John Doe to have unescorted access on at least five different Navy vessels. He also used the victim’s personal identification information at JAXPORT to fraudulently obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (“TWIC”) badge issued by the Transportation Security Administration. The TWIC badge allowed John Doe to have unescorted access to secure areas of JAXPORT, including the Blount Island Marine Terminal.
This case was investigated by the Coast Guard Investigative Services, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State - Diplomatic State Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Florida Highway Patrol - Bureau of Intelligence and Investigations, Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kevin C. Frein and Kathleen O'Malley.