Californian man has been sentenced to 46 months (3.8 years) for his role in a successful scam involving over a million-dollar scam.
Trorice Crawford, a 32-year-old man from California, is convicted and sentenced to 46 months in federal prison. The perpetrator was blatantly involved in victimizing thousands of US veterans and service members through identity theft and fraud schemes.
In addition to this, Crawford will have to pay $103,700 in restitution and will be placed on supervised release after his three-year sentence is complete.
Crawford is guilty of laundering money instruments and one count of conspiracy
The offender, pleaded guilty on 5th December 2019, to laundering monetary instruments and one count of conspiracy. He admitted, that, from May 2017 to July 2019 he along with Robert Wayne Boling Junior, and other conspirators stole money from the US veterans and service members.
He further insinuated recruiting at least thirty men as money mules for his nefarious schemes. The money mules provided their bank account numbers to receive fraudulent funds stolen from military-affiliated servicemen.
Each transaction ranged from $8000 to $13000 on average. However, Crawford would keep a specific percentage of the amount to himself and overlooked the whole transfer of funds to Boling and money mules involved in the Philippines through international monetary instruments.
Crawford’s co-defendant, Boling stole thousands of military men personal information
Crawford’s co-defendant Frederick Brown, from Las Vegas, also pleaded guilty to the federal charges and his involvement in the crime committed. Ironically, Brown was a former US army civilian medical records administrator as well.
He admitted that he illegally logged into Longitudinal Technology Application; a global-electronic health record system used by the US department of defense. He used his personal cellphone to capture personal identifying information (PII) of thousands of military servicemen and veterans.
This included their names, social security numbers, date of birth, and other confidential information that he subsequently provided to Boling who later used this as a means to further exploit the database and access veteran’s benefit payments.
Boling along with his partners also accessed servicemen’s’ benefits information online
Boling along with Allan Albert Kerr and Jongmin Seok from South Korea used the confidential information to illegally access the Department of Defense Portal; a platform mainly used by veterans to get their benefits information online.
Boling, Kerr, and Seok admitted that they accessed the portal which enabled them to attempt or steal millions of dollars from the US military members’ bank account. Upon indictment, the trio has been charged on multiple conspiracy grounds, wire fraud, and identity thefts.
Brown is under federal custody awaiting a sentence scheduled in September 2020. The trio; Boling, Kerr, and Seok are still in the Philippines. They will be transferred under staunch measures to the western district of Texas.
“The Department of Justice will not tolerate fraud on America’s warfighters and veterans,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Ethan P. Davis of the Department’s Civil Division. “Working with our partners and using all tools available, we are committed to protecting those who protect us,” the Justice Department said in a press release.