Jai Devon Lee, 39, of Statesboro, was convicted on October 27, of identity theft, aggravated identity theft and fraud in connection with access devices following a two-day jury trial in Valdosta.
In June 2014, Lee had including names, social security numbers, and dates of birth of more than 1000 people, intended to be used for fraudulent purposes. The U.S. Secret Service office in Albany got a tip that Lee was trying to arrange to sell the personal identifying information (PII) through the source for $50 each.
Agents arranged at a meeting in Valdosta and bought 900 of the documents for $45,000.00. When Lee gave over the data, he was arrested.
U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said, "This conviction in this case is the result of the good work and cooperation between the Lowndes County Sheriff s Office and the Secret Service. Identity theft crimes wreak havoc for those whose information is stolen. The frustration that these victims suffer in having to monitor their credit reports and request new credit cards and checking accounts is not lost on federal law enforcement agencies. We'll continue to pursue those who commit these crimes. As we prepare for sentencing, I expect that the only number Mr. Lee has on his mind is the number of years he can expect to spend in federal prison."
"The U.S. Secret Service remains committed to aggressively investigating those responsible for committing identity theft for the purpose of defrauding the nation's financial system. Victims that have their personally identifiable information (PII) stolen have their lives invaded in a way that often causes long lasting financial consequences," said Clint A. Bush, of the Albany Office of the Secret Service.
Lee will be sentenced on February 24. He has an extensive criminal record, including nine prior felony convictions, and faces a possible maximum sentence of 22 years.
The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office. Assistant United States Attorney Robert D. McCullers is prosecuting the case on behalf of the Government.
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