Two people charged with identity theft after using stolen identities of deceased and elderly victims to buy vehicles, house and obtain fake passports | USAO-MD
Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury has handed down an indictment charging Lloyd Linwood Comer, 59, of Brandywine, Md., And Doreen Gilmore, 54, of Brandywine, Md. On federal charges of conspiracy to commit fraud by wire and bank fraud, the substantial charge of bank fraud, misrepresentation in a passport application and aggravated identity theft.
The indictment was announced by the Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, Jonathan F. Lenzner; Jessica Moore, head of the Criminal Investigations Division of the US State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS); and Special Agent in Charge Michael McGill of the Inspector General’s Office of Social Security Administration, Philadelphia Field Division.
According to the four-count indictment, from January 2019, from January 2021, Comer and Gilmore conspired with others to finance the purchase of vehicles using the stolen identities of real people, checks fraudulent and hijacked bank account numbers. Apparently, on at least one occasion, the defendants failed to make payments on fraudulently obtained loans and retained the vehicles for themselves.
Specifically, the indictment alleges that the defendants fraudulently obtained the vehicles by inserting false loan application information with names, dates of birth, social security numbers and fraudulent proof of identity submitted to the lenders. The lenders then approved the financing of the auto loans on the basis of the bogus claims.
The indictment continues to allege that Comer applied for a US passport by falsely stating that he was Victim 1, a deceased man. In order to obtain the passport, Comer allegedly provided an identity card fraudulently obtained in the identity of victim 1 and provided the birth certificate of victim 1 as proof of identity, allegedly obtained by Gilmore. As alleged in the indictment, Comer contacted the Social Security Administration to report the death of victim 1 as incorrect and attributed the error to the fact that the name of victim 1 is the same name. as the deceased father of victim 1. Shortly after obtaining the false documents, Comer reportedly traveled to Jamaica with Gilmore under the victim’s identity and passport 1.
In addition, Comer and Gilmore allegedly submitted a mortgage application on behalf of a 76-year-old woman to purchase a home in Brandywine, Maryland in the amount of $ 541,500. As stated in the indictment, the claim falsely represented the woman’s employment status as a full-time employee of two separate business entities. On the mortgage application, Comer and Gilmore allegedly listed their contact details under the woman’s contact details, submitted fraudulent financial documents, and falsely listed the woman’s income and finances.
Additionally, Comer and Gilmore reportedly resided in the house instead of the 76-year-old woman and made no payment on the mortgage.
If convicted, Gilmore and Comer face a maximum of 30 years in federal prison for conspiring to commit bank and electronic fraud; a maximum of 30 years in federal prison for bank fraud; 10 years in federal prison for passport fraud; and two years in federal prison consecutive to any sentence imposed for aggravated identity theft. The actual sentences for federal crimes are generally less than the maximum sentences. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
An indictment is not a guilty verdict. An individual charged with an indictment is presumed innocent until proven guilty in subsequent criminal proceedings.
Acting United States Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner commended the DSS and SSA OIG for their work in the investigation. Mr. Lenzner thanked Special Assistant US Attorney Michael F. Davio and Assistant US Attorney Matthew J. Maddox, who are pursuing the federal case.
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