A Washington, D.C. woman was sentenced Nov. 1 to three years in prison for her role in a plot to steal more than $1.3 million from a Housing Authority of Baltimore City bank account, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland said.
Tyeast Brown, 41, of Washington D.C. will also face four years of supervised release and be required to forfeit and make restitution of at least $1,399,700 after pleading guilty to the conspiracy.
According to her plea, Brown conspired with two Washington D.C. men, William Darden, 45, and Keith Daughtry, 45, to obtain a fraudulent driver’s license bearing Daughtry’s name but Darden’s photograph. Using the license, on May 25, 2010, Darden opened a bank account for “Keith Daughtry Contracting LLC,” to which “substantial” HABC funds were diverted between July and September of that year, U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said in a release.
The funds were drained from the LLC’s account by transfers onto debit cards in other individuals’ names—at least one of which was the victim of identity theft—as well as transfers to other banks and cash withdrawals.
Rosenstein said Brown recruited a number of people, mostly young women, to take out debit cards in their own names, to which hundreds of thousands of stolen HABC funds were transferred. Brown demanded her recruits take out most of these funds as cash and provide them to her, keeping smaller amounts for themselves while Brown split the remainder with Darden and Daughtry.
Daughtry and Darden also pleaded guilty to their roles in the fraud scheme; Daughtry was sentenced to nearly three and a half years in prison and restitution of $1,399,999, while Darden awaits sentencing.