New York Man Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison for Fraud and Identity Theft Schemes

Date: 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Office Affiliation: 

From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Delaware:

WILMINGTON, Del. – Charles M. Oberly, III, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced today that Tyron Burgess, age 36, of Manhattan, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Gregory M. Sleet to 42 months of imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release. Mr. Burgess was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $129,985 to five different financial institutions.

The sentencing came after Mr. Burgess pleaded guilty on March 25, 2014 to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, one count of wire fraud, one count of bank fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft. The aggravated identity theft charge carried a mandatory 24-month term of incarceration.

Between July and November 2011, Mr. Burgess engaged in multiple fraud and identity theft schemes in and around the Dover, Delaware area. Using stolen personal identification information, Mr. Burgess secured financing for the purchase of an ATV and a Corvette. Mr. Burgess also obtained at least a dozen credit cards, in the names of others, from two separate financial institutions and purchased luxury clothing items and electronics with those cards. Mr. Burgess also obtained fraudulent bank loans from another financial institution.

U.S. Attorney Oberly stated, “I am pleased with the sentence Mr. Burgess received. Identity theft is a serious crime that has a very real impact on its victims and society. Those contemplating similar crimes should be reminded of the likely consequences of their actions. This office remains committed to prosecuting these offenses.”

“Whether the schemes involve identity theft or identity fraud, Postal Inspectors will continue to work with our law enforcement partners and the financial institutions to protect consumers, said David Bosch, Inspector-In-Charge of the Philadelphia Division of the US Postal Inspection Service”

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General, with the assistance of the United States Secret Service. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley Wolf. U.S. Attorney Oberly thanked the investigators for their hard work in pursuing this investigation.