Erie Pair Indicted for Stealing Checks, Using ID of Homeless to Cash Them
A federal grand jury has indicted two Erie residents for stealing checks and cashing them using the identification from homeless people, according to the U.S. Department of Justice Tuesday.
Victor K. Lemmons, 33 and Jasmine N. Carter, 30, were both named in the seven-count indictment on charges of conspiracy and bank fraud.
From August 2015 to September 2018, Lemmons and Carter engaged in a scheme where they stole checks from the mail and used homeless people with valid identification to cash the checks, according to the indictment presented to the court.
They removed the legitimate name from the checks and replaced them with the homeless persons’ name, investigators allege.
Both defendants face a maximum sentence of 210 years in prison and a fine of up to $7,000,000.