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December 23, 2009

Department of Justice's nationwide effort nabs another identity thief

A Tennessee federal grand jury has indicted an alleged identity thief as a part of the Department of Justice's nationwide effort to identify and prosecute those responsible for mortgage and other fraud against lending institutions. 

Jerome Henderson, Jr. of Clarksville, Tennessee was indicted last week for aggravated identity theft, bank fraud and social security number misuse.  According to the indictment, from March 2005 to May 2007, Henderson submitted multiple fraudulent loan applications to various lenders and financial institutions for the purchase of property in the Nashville area.  The indictment further alleges that Henderson forged documents as part of his scheme, including false social security numbers, a forged Army Contractor Badge, forged W-2 forms, and other forged documents, which he attached to mortgage loan applications and submitted to lenders. In addition, Henderson created false bank statements that showed fictitious direct deposit amounts into accounts bearing his name, and containing a bogus physical address.

Henderson faces up to 32 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

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