Carpentersville man guilty of bank fraud, ID theft

 
 
Updated 2/8/2018 5:07 PM
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  • Keith J.D. Offord of Carpentersville was found guilty Thursday, by a federal jury, of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

    Keith J.D. Offord of Carpentersville was found guilty Thursday, by a federal jury, of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

A federal jury found a Carpentersville man guilty of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft Thursday.

Keith J.D. Offord, 24, was on trial in Springfield, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office for the Central Illinois District.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 18.

According to an indictment, Offord used other people's identities to create false identification documents from December 2013 to August 2015. He would use their names, birth dates and Social Security numbers.

Offord would add photographs of a "co-schemer" to the fraudulent IDs, then take that person to stores, an indictment said. They would use the IDs to obtain credit accounts and cards, and use the cards to buy items and gift cards.

They defrauded several Springfield-area stores, including Bergner's department store, Game Stop and Sam's Club. They also defrauded stores in the St. Louis area.

According to the indictment, the two completed more than 260 fraudulent transactions, resulting in a loss of more than $500,000.

Offord could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison for the bank fraud. The aggravated identity theft, carries a mandatory two-year prison terms to be served after the fraud sentence.

Offord had been charged in 2015 in McLean County with identity theft, drug possession and theft, but most of the charges were dropped or marked "dismissed/superseded by indictment," according to the McLean County circuit court clerk's website.

When he was arrested in February 2017, he was on parole for a conviction of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in Cook County.

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