A Missouri inmate has been sentenced to 12 years in prison (thank goodness, a little jail time for these idiots!) for his role in a scam while he was in prison. According to the Belleville News-Democrat, Danwine Dewayne Renard “pleaded guilty to participating in an identity theft scheme that took in more than $200,000 while he was in the Missouri Department of Corrections.” (So…he is in jail and STILL committing crimes. REALLY?)
Here’s how it worked. Renard admitted he and his co-conspirator, Selena Marie Bradford, would use “the names and identification documents of individuals in Madison and St. Clair counties and open bank accounts in their names. They would then inflate the deposits in those phony accounts with deposits from other phony accounts, then withdraw the funds, often at an ATM.” Using some of the accounts, a third co-conspirator would develop phony payroll checks and cash them. This story provides yet another example of why it is so important to guard your personally identifiable information.
The article reported that “Renard’s primary role was to provide advice, guidance and encouragement to [the co-conspirator] using the jail phone and mail.” (Again, no one was watching this guy?)
According to the article, Bradford is serving an 11-year term in federal prison for her role.