This week, it was announced that 70-year-old Ronald L. Coleman of Baltimore, Maryland had pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and bank fraud. Cole has four previous federal convictions. He has three for access device fraud and one for mail fraud. According to the guilty plea, Coleman used the personal identifying information or more than 10 victims to convince financial institutions to send replacement credit and debit cards and to apply for new cards from July 23, 2015 to May 7, 2017.
The defendant had the cards sent to addresses in Baltimore where he lived or had access. Many of the requests were made over the phone and some were recorded. Coleman pretended he was the account holder. He used the name, social security number, address, telephone number and birthdate of the account holder. Some of the requests were made online. The defendant ultimately acquired or sought to acquire more than two dozen credit cards.
Also, in February of 2015, the defendant fraudulently obtained a vehicle loan totaling roughly $22,132. He used the money to purchase a Mercedes Benz SL. On the loan documents, he falsely claimed that he had resided at a Baltimore address for 15 years and had been employed by a graphics company for eight years. In reality, the defendant was completing his sentence for a federal fraud conviction. He ultimately defaulted on the loan and caused the loan company to lose roughly $9,600
Coleman is now scheduled to be sentenced on January 30, 2019. Further details can be found here.