A Charlotte identity thief was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in federal prison on Thursday.
Prosecutors said Christopher Bryan Roach, 24, stole identities to open credit card accounts or use existing ones in Charlotte, Asheville and elsewhere in the Carolinas.
Roach also paid a medical employee for the personal information of some 300 patients, according to court documents. In all, he defrauded more than 50 people to steal $269,000, records show.
Roach pleaded guilty in January to aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit bank fraud. He continued his identity theft scheme even after he pleaded guilty, according to court documents.
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Records show Roach and others used the stolen social security numbers and dates of birth of identity theft victims to take over the victims’ credit card accounts and to open new accounts at stores such as Best Buy and Sam’s Club.
In a related case, Kendell Rashad Bowden, 25, of Charlotte pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. He awaits sentencing.
Bowden already faced identity-theft charges when he texted another victim’s personal information to his probation officer. Bowden then called the officer and asked him to delete the text, explaining that it was meant for his sister, prosecutors said.