DALLAS — Alan Okpechi, 30, of Garland,
was sentenced yesterday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 60
months in federal prison for identify theft, announced U.S. Attorney John
Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
Okpechi pleaded guilty to one count of
conspiracy to commit access device fraud and has been in custody since his
arrest in July 2016.
Krisstopher Segura-Jatip and Morgen Nelson also pleaded guilty to their role in
the conspiracy and were sentenced to 57 months and 24 months in federal prison,
According to plea documents filed in the case, beginning in April 2015 and
continuing through July 13, 2016, Okpechi and his coconspirators
purchased the identification of individuals, including names, social security
numbers, driver's license numbers, and credit card numbers, through websites.
Okpechi used the stolen and unauthorized identification to create false
identification documents, including false Texas temporary driver's licenses,
bearing the photos of Okpechi and his codefendants. The stolen
identification was also used to make fraudulent, unauthorized purchases with
credit and/or debit card accounts. Okpechi used an algorithm and an
application on Nelson’s phone in order to generate credit card numbers that
corresponded with and accessed open accounts to which Okpechi did not
have authorization to access. Okpechi and other coconspirators obtained
blank plastic cards or altered debit, credit, and gift cards, for the purpose
of recoding the cards with unauthorized credit card information. The
credit cards were used on several occasions to reserve hotel rooms, including
entire floors of hotels, and to rent vehicles.
Over the course of the conspiracy, Okpechi had possessed over 2,000 accounts
belonging to other individuals.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal
Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamie L. Hoxie prosecuted.