☷Oklahoma City Man to Serve a Year and a Half in Federal Prison for Synthetic Identity Theft Scheme
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Oklahoma City Man to Serve a Year and a Half in Federal Prison for Synthetic Identity Theft Scheme Also Ordered to Pay More Than $185 , 000 in Restitution OKLAHOMA CITY –Yesterday , TYRUS OATES , 49 , of Oklahoma City , Oklahoma , was sentenced to serve 18 months in federal prison for conspiracy to make false statements to a financial institution , announced United States Attorney Robert J . Troester . On July 22 , 2021 , a federal grand jury returned a 12 - count superseding indictment charging Oates with wire fraud , aggravated identity theft , false representation of a Social Security Number , and conspiracy in connection with a synthetic identity theft scheme . Synthetic identity theft occurs when individuals use a combination of real and fake personal information to create a new identity . According to the superseding indictment , Oates provided and sold credit profile numbers ( CPNs ) , also known as credit privacy numbers or credit protection numbers . CPNs are usually stolen Social Security Numbers , often belonging to children , which are marketed to individuals with poor credit history as a way to obtain credit cards , loans , and other lines of credit for which they would not otherwise qualify . The superseding indictment alleges that individuals used a CPN obtained from Oates , rather than their true social security number , on credit applications submitted to banks , credit unions , credit card issuers , retailers , and other lenders , to establish clean credit profiles separate from their true credit profiles . By doing so , the individuals concealed their true credit history from lenders . The superseding indictment alleges that Oates not only provided and sold CPNs to others , but he facilitated the use of CPNs by adding the individuals , using their CPNs , as authorized users on his personal credit card , which helped the synthetic identities to establish credit history and appear creditworthy . On September 17 , 2021 , Oates pleaded guilty to conspiracy to make false statements to a financial institution . Yesterday , U . S . District Court Judge Joe Heaton sentenced Oates to serve 18 months in federal prison , to be followed by three years of supervised release . He must also pay $185 , 896 . 87 in restitution to Conn’s Home Plus , a retailer defrauded by the scheme . The government agreed to dismiss the other charges against him pursuant to a plea agreement . Oates must report to federal prison on June 1 , 2022 . This case arises from an investigation by Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General , the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Oklahoma City Field Office , and the United States Postal Inspection Service . Assistant U . S . Attorneys Jessica L . Perry and Danielle London prosecuted this case .
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