Leader of Identity Theft Ring Gets 12 Years in Prison

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Jenaro Blalock, 31, of Clinton, Md. was recently sentenced to 12 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for leading an identity theft ring that primarily targeted U.S. government employeees.

Blalock, who pled guilty on October 29, 2013 to access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, was also ordered to pay full restitution to victims -- the identity theft ring caused losses of between $1 million and $2.5 million.

According to court documents, between June 2011 and July 2013, Blalock and co-defendant Christopher Bush recruited women who had access to identity information through their jobs to steal more than 600 identities primarily belonging to employees of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Blalock provided blank driver's licenses, which Bush used to make fake driver's licenses using the victims' real names, addresses and birthdates.

Members of the identity theft ring then used those driver's licenses and the victims' Social Security numbers to open lines of credit at retailers, and to rent cars that were then sold on the black market with altered VINs.

Bush was sentenced to 10 years in prison on January 17, 2014.

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