Derrick Hill, 53, of Woodlawn, Maryland, was sentenced March 25 to 11 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft by U.S. District Court Richard D. Bennett who ordered him to repay his victims $191,180.26.
According to his plea agreement, from August to October, 2009, Hill and his girlfriend Renee Cabell conspired with co-defendants John Coffey and Tawney King to negotiate counterfeit checks drawn on victim bank accounts.
Hill received checks which had been designated for destruction by banks and stolen before they could be destroyed. He also received personal identity information and personal financial information from King who was employed by Highlandtown Community Health Center.
According to King's plea agreement, King accessed patient files and provided Hill with the patient identifying information either directly or through her friend Cabell.
Hill used this information to create counterfeit checks using the victim's financial account information and the identity information of other victims. He also obtained counterfeit identification cards and altered stolen Maryland driver's licenses so that they displayed victim identity information, but with the photo of one of several co-conspirators, including Coffey.
Hill recruited Coffey to help him cash the checks at banks and retail establishments, according to a statement issued by U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein. Hill used the doctors' identities to rent apartments, buy merchandise and obtain services. Shortly before Hill's arrest, Hill was attempting to rent another apartment in a doctor's identity because he and Cabell were about to be evicted for non-payment on the apartment they rented in the identity of another doctor.
Hill and his co-defendants-- Renee Cabell, age 51, of Woodlawn, Maryland, John Coffey, age 43, and Tawney King, age 46-- obtained cash, merchandise and services worth over $188,000. The identities of over 250 individuals were compromised. The co-defendants pleaded guilty, too. Cabell and Coffey were sentenced last week to 30 months and 57 months in prison, respectively, and ordered to pay restitution of $191,180.26. Both were sentenced to three years of supervised release, with Cabell ordered to serve 12 months of her term of supervised release on home detention..
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