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Monday, February 12, 2007

Brother, Sister Sentenced In ID Theft Scheme

A brother and sister from Dorchester, Mass., were sentenced in federal court for bank fraud, identity theft and witness tampering.

United States Attorney Michael Sullivan and Peter Zegarac, postal inspector in charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, announced that Alvin Reeves, 29, and his sister, Alvenia Reeves, 44, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro as a result of their August 14, 2006, guilty pleas to charges of bank fraud, identity theft and witness tampering.

Alvin Reeves also pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and committing a crime while on pretrial release. Alvin Reeves was sentenced to five years in prison; and Alvenia Reeves to one year and three months in prison.

At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the court that had the case proceeded to trial, the government's evidence would have proven that from November 7, 2003 (the date that Alvin Reeves was released from federal prison after a prior conviction) through September 15, 2004, Alvin Reeves obtained the names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, mothers' maiden names, credit card number and/or bank account information of numerous people.

The defendants then used this information to create fake licenses with the victims' identity information and the photographs of co-conspirators. The defendants directed the co-conspirators to enter banks and withdraw money or otherwise conduct banking activity in the victims' names. In addition, the defendants stole checks and had co-conspirators cash these stolen checks and withdraw the proceeds from area banks. After Alvin Reeves was arrested in connection with this scheme, the defendants contacted some of the co-conspirators and attempted to convince them to testify that a person other than Alvin Reeves was the leader of the bank fraud andidentity fraud scheme. In total, this scheme resulted in a loss or intended loss of more than $200,000.

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