Latoya Travis, 38, Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to 42 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to counts one and two of an indictment charging her with making false statements in a loan application, and aggravated identity theft.
Travis admitted in her plea agreement that on May 23, 2008, Travis‘ brother, Timothy Williams, and the defendant, traveled to the Schererville, Indiana, Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch so Williams could obtain an official Indiana ID Card using stolen personal identity information from AL. Williams had obtained this information from another person. While they were at the BMV, Williams called the IRS and requested a tax transcript for the real AL. The Defendant knew her brother was using another person’s personal identification information to obtain the tax transcript and ID card. Travis‘ brother directed the IRS to fax the tax transcript to her home in Hammond, Indiana. A few days later, Travis used the real AL’s personal information to apply for a loan at Fifth Third Bank. The loan application contained AL’s Social Security number and other personal information, as well as a signature guaranteeing the loan requested by Travis. Travis also provided AL’s tax transcript to Fifth Third Bank to support the application.
This case was the result of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.