A Virginia man this week was sentenced to nearly six years in prison after he was convicted of creating counterfeit stimulus checks, both to steal money and to purchase goods for himself.
The thirty-nine-year-old man was convicted of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
“The defendant’s extensive fraud scheme involved the unlawful acquisition of personal identification information belonging to over 150 individuals,” Raj Parekh, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said in the announcement from the Department of Justice.
“In addition to causing financial harm to the individuals from whom he stole checks and credit cards, the defendant’s sweeping criminal conduct also inflicted emotional harm and distress to his identity theft victims. As this case demonstrates, we are determined to hold accountable those who seek to illegally enrich themselves by defrauding and stealing from our residents.”