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Baltimore Man Sentenced to Four Years in Jail in Connection with a Scheme to Cash $100,000 in Stolen Treasury Checks

On June 11, Derrick Taylor, Baltimore, Maryland was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Baltimore, Maryland, to 51 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. Taylor was also ordered to pay restitution of $104,446.35. According to Taylor’s plea agreement, beginning in April 2006, and continuing until May 2007, Taylor was involved in a scheme to take United States Treasury checks from the mail and, using fraudulent identification documents, cash those checks at local check cashing establishments by posing as the intended recipient of the check.

As his part of the scheme, Taylor assisted in providing fake Maryland Drivers Licenses for use by other members of the conspiracy who cashed stolen Treasury checks, each fake license bearing the photograph of the co–conspirator who was cashing a stolen Treasury check and the name and address of the intended recipient of the stolen Treasury check. Taylor acted as a middleman: receiving orders for the fraudulent identification documents and providing those orders to the document producer; taking the completed fraudulent identification documents and delivering them to the person who had placed the order; and collecting the payment for the documents and providing the payment to the individual who provided the fake documents. Over the course of the scheme Taylor and the other members of the scheme cashed over $100,000 in stolen United States Treasury checks. The DOT/OIG investigation was worked jointly with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General; the U.S. Secret Service; and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Inspector General.