A Charlotte resident’s guilty plea for aggravated identity theft was accepted on Aug. 30, according to the Department of Justice.
Stanley Fard Harper, 32, worked as an employee for Fort Mill, South Carolina-based health care consulting firm The Lash Group dating back to 2010.
During his time working there, Harper stole personal identification information from the company’s customer pool and used it to open bank and credit card accounts at Fort Mill’s Founders Federal Credit Union.
Harper set up the fraudulent accounts from his cell phone and would make deposits, and would then apply for a credit card linked to the account and deposit money onto the account in order to increase the limit.
Fraudulent accounts were additionally opened at Charlotte Metro Federal Credit Union, Truliant Federal Credit Union and Chase Bank USA, resulting in losses of $75,571.51.
Harper used fake North Carolina identification and false Social Security cards that matched the stolen identity, attained from a website for $60 per set, to make purchases and cash advances on the fraudulent accounts.
The total number of fraudulent accounts opened by Harper was 13. He would use the credit cards obtained through fraudulent identity until they stopped working and would eliminate any documents.
Harper is awaiting sentencing. United States Attorney Beth Drake stated the mandated penalty is for two years imprisonment with an additional fine of $250,000.