Carpentersville man gets 12 years for bank fraud, identity theft
A federal judge on Friday sentenced a Carpentersville man to 12 years in prison for a bank fraud scheme using identities stolen from the dark web.
According to a release from the U.S. attorney's office, Keith JD Offord defrauded several Springfield businesses of more than $600,000.
Offord, 25, who was convicted of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft in February, also was ordered to pay more than $600,000 in restitution.
Offord had more than 70 stolen identities -- primarily of chiropractors obtained from the dark web -- and the information included dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, email passwords and mothers' maiden names, according to the release.
Prosecutors said that, from December 2013 to August 2015, Offord used the information to open charge accounts at retail stores and buy merchandise and gift cards at businesses including Bergner's, GameStop and Sam's Club.
Offord has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since January.
His bond was revoked after it was alleged he tried to get a loan in 2017 to buy a Jaguar using a social security number belonging to an 11-year-old boy in Idaho, as well as fake employment information and a phony driver's license, prosecutors said.
The Illinois State Police conducted the investigation, with Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gregory M. Gilmore and Matthew Z. Weir prosecuting the case.