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United States of America v. Alice Gardner
Case Number: 1:18-cr-00450-ELH
Judge: Ellen Hollander
Court: United States District Court for the District of Maryland (Baltimore County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Judson Mihok and Michael Davio
Defendant's Attorney: David R. Solomon
Baltimore, MD - Towson Woman Sentenced to More Than Three Years in Federal Prison for Wire Fraud and Identity Theft
The Defendant Used the Stolen Social Security Numbers of at Least 10 Victims, Including Minors, to Commit the Fraud
U.S. District Judge Ellen Hollander sentenced Alice Gardner, age 44, of Towson, Maryland, to 37 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. On May 6, 2019, co-defendant Natasha Wyche, age 42, of Owings Mills, Maryland, was sentenced to three years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, on the same charges. Judge Hollander ordered both defendants to pay restitution in the amount of $170,837.
According to their plea agreements, from February 2013, through December of 2014, Gardner and Wyche conspired with Chris Jordan, Cynquetta Martin, and others to commit bank and wire fraud. The conspirators would acquire the social security number (SSN) of a victim, often a minor child, then use that number on paperwork to purchase vehicles from car dealerships.
For example, on December 4, 2012, Wyche went to a car dealership in Owings Mills, and applied for a vehicle loan to purchase a 2010 Acura TL using a victimís SSN. The approved loan was for $29,194. On August 30, 2014, Wyche went to three car dealerships in Maryland, and applied for three vehicle loans to purchase a 2008 Honda Odyssey, a 2014 Hyundai Sonata, and a 2013 Toyota Corolla, using the SSN of a victim. The approved loans were for $20,409, $29,368, and $21,247, respectively.
On November 24, 2014, Gardner went to two car dealerships and applied for two vehicle loans to purchase a 2009 Toyota Camry and a 2009 Lexus RX350, using the stolen SSN of a victim. The loans were approved for 12,631 and $22,704 respectively. In addition, on December 6, 2014, Gardner went to another car dealership, and applied for a loan to purchase a 2015 Hyundai Sonata, using the SSN of a victim. The loan was approved for $32,947.
The vehicles acquired would be sold by a co-defendant to unsuspecting buyers through an online marketplace. The proceeds of the scheme, which total approximately $300,000, were split between Gardener, Wyche, and other co-defendants.
Chris Jordan, and Cynquetta Martin have pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme. No date has been set for their sentencing.
United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended the SSA Office of Inspector General, the Baltimore County Police Department, the Howard County Police Department, and the MVA Investigative Division for their work in this investigation.
Outcome: IMPRISONMENT for a total term of 13 months as to Count 1s; 24 months as to Count 36s to run consecutive to Count 1s for a total term of 37 months; SUPERVISED RELEASE for a term of 5 years as to Count 1s; 1 year as to Count 36s to run concurrent; ASSESSMENT $200.00; RESTITUTION $170,837.00