Manhattan Man Convicted in Two Identity Theft Schemes

A Manhattan male has been convicted of enchanting in dual apart temperament burglary schemes between 2013 and 2014 and has been condemned to seven-and-a-half to 15 years in state prison.

An review by New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood’s Auto Insurance Fraud Unit suggested that Sharif King stole a personal identifying information of employees and impending employees, and afterwards fraudulently used their identities to take an $8,000 word settlement, buy a $58,000 2015 Mercedes Benz Sprinter newcomer outpost and try to take out a $29,000 loan.

“Identity thieves continue to find new ways to aim and take advantage of victims, and we will continue to do what’s required to strengthen New Yorkers from being preyed on by these scammers,” pronounced Attorney General Underwood in a press recover released by her office. “I inspire New Yorkers to practice counsel when disclosing supportive personal information. If we trust you’ve been a plant of a scam, news it to my office.”

According to a Attorney General’s indictments and statements done by prosecutors, King’s initial temperament burglary intrigue began in a summer of 2013 when he posted pursuit opportunities online for his supposed record tag “Dower Music Entertainment, LLC.” The posting captivated countless field from opposite a nation who aspired to work in a song industry.

King invited a field to a organisation talk in Manhattan, where King introduced himself as a executive clamp boss of Dower Music. King afterwards hired field for delinquent internship positions where they would work from home and be reimbursed for losses with a guarantee of destiny full-time, paid employment.

According to statements by prosecutors, underneath a stratagem of reimbursing their losses and putting them on a payroll, King requested personal identifying information from employees, including their dates of birth, addresses and amicable confidence numbers. King afterwards used this information to request for a credit label in a name of one worker and request for a $29,000 loan in a name of a second employee.

Prosecutors offer found that King destined one of his employees to squeeze a 2007 Lexus for work purposes. The Lexus was registered, financed and insured in a employee’s name, though King combined his name to a routine though a employee’s knowledge. When King subsequently got into an collision with a Lexus, he simulated to be a worker when stating a collision to both a military and GEICO.

King afterwards altered a chateau on a word routine to his possess so that a word explain check would be mailed to his residence. After King perceived a $8,886 check from GEICO, he altered it by creation it payable to himself and deposited it into his possess checking account.

On Jun 26, 2015, King was arraigned on a 15-count complaint in New York County associated to his word rascal scheme.

At a time of his detain on a initial indictment, King was in possession of a stolen Mercedes Benz Sprinter newcomer van. Further review by a Attorney General’s bureau into a stolen outpost suggested a second intrigue that King had concocted to obtain some-more personal identifying information.

In his second intrigue in Dec 2014, King claimed to run a train association called “Upstate Family Transport, LLC” and interviewed a claimant for a supposed train motorist job. At a interview, King destined a impending worker to give King his driver’s license, amicable confidence label and pass as partial of a employing process.

King done copies of those documents, though did not sinecure a individual. Less than 6 months later, King impersonated a particular and used his identifying information to financial and squeeze a $58,000 2015 Mercedes Benz Sprinter newcomer outpost from a dealership in North Carolina. King afterwards told a dealership that he was a motorist for a individual, took possession of a outpost and gathering it behind to New York.

On Jan 19, 2016, King was arraigned on a second 15-count complaint in New York County associated to a train association scheme.

On Mar 12, 2018, King pleaded guilty to both indictments before a Honorable Judge Neil Ross in New York County Supreme Court. On a initial indictment, King pleaded guilty to temperament burglary in a initial grade and word rascal in a third degree. On a second indictment, King pleaded guilty to rapist possession of stolen skill in a second grade and forgery in a second degree. On both indictments, King was condemned to a sum of seven-and-a-half to 15 years of bonds in state prison.

In further to his pleas in New York County, King also pleaded guilty in sovereign justice to entrance device rascal in a identical temperament burglary box prosecuted by a United States Attorney’s Office for a Southern District of New York. King was condemned to 37 months of bonds in a sovereign box and will offer his state and sovereign sentences concurrently.

Source: New York State Office of a Attorney General