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Former Member of US Air Force Convicted of Identity Theft

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A former United States Air Force member received a sentence of four years in a conviction for identity crime involving the theft and distribution of the personal information of other service members. Ronnie Allen II, 26, was found guilty of two counts of identity theft, two counts of aggravated identity theft, and two counts of access device fraud. The jury trial, presided over by US District Judge Matthew Kennelly, sentenced Allen to 48 months in prison. Allen, a resident of North Carolina, was enlisted in the US Air Force and worked in the maintenance group of Mountain Home Air Force Based located in Boise, Idaho. According to the prosecution, All downloaded the “Alpha Roster,” a database containing personally identifiable information of over 1,400 Air Force members assigned to the base, two weeks before his discharge at the end of January 2013. Allen sent the information using his work email account to his personal email account, ultimately sending it to Antorondi Benion of Bellwood in hopes of selling it. Benion used the stolen identity information to open numerous financial accounts and to take over existing accounts; prosecutors said he opened at least 63 accounts using the names of 35 victims between April 2013 and January 2016, for losses to them totaling $103,389. Benion later pleaded guilty in 2017 to one count of access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft and was sentenced to 70 months in prison.

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"Former Air Force member gets 4 years for identity theft," Chicago Sun-Times

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