City man gets 6 years for bank fraud, ID theft

October 13, 2007

A 38-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to six years in prison for bank fraud and aggravated identify theft for his role in fraudulently opening credit accounts, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Christopher Carson had pleaded guilty to opening accounts in the names of at least 15 victims, federal prosecutors said. Carson worked with Nekia Hunter, who purchased credit reports stolen from a mortgage company and then manufactured fraudulent Maryland driver's licenses for Carson and others.

In addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. sentenced Carson to five years' supervised release and ordered him to pay almost $243,000 in restitution, prosecutors said.

Hunter, 29, has pleaded guilty and is to be sentenced Oct. 26. Two others involved in the scheme have pleaded guilty and await sentencing hearings next month, prosecutors said.

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