Inmate Sentenced to 12 Years for Participating in an ID Fraud Ring from Prison

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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.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Inmate who ran ring stealing metro-east residents’ IDs gets 12 years,” by Belleville News-Democrat staff, published by the BND.com, Nov. 8, 2011.

A Missouri prisoner who was able to steal the identities of people in Madison and St. Clair counties and open bank accounts in their names has been sentenced in federal court in East St. Louis in connection with those crimes.

Danwine Dewayne Renard, 47, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after he 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, according to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen R. Wigginton. He was charged with conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud, aiding and abetting bank fraud and two counts of aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft.

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