Wednesday, 22 January 2014 08:11

U.S. v. Randolph Hurst: Aggravated Identity Theft

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Randolph Hurst, 50, a former assistant district manager for the Social Security Administration, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of transpiration of stolen securities, and one count of tax evasion. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud and three counts of filing a false tax return.

 

Hurst, who lives in West Warwick, Rhode Island, will serve 38 months in federal prison for stealing the identity of a man in Coventry and using it to make over $160,000 in fraudulent sales of that man's stock investments. His sentence reflects that crime and the fact that he also failed to pay $61,999 in federal taxes.

Hurst admitted to using the victim's personally identifying information, which he obtained by querying the Social Security Administration's electronic database, to open a joint brokerage account in his name and that of the victim without the victim's permission. Two days after he opened the account, Hurst asked that the stock certificates owned by the victim be deposited into the account. Hurst provided documents that he said the victim had written and signed. In reality, the victim never authorized the deposit of these certificates.

Hurst, again without the victim's knowledge, asked that the stocks be sold and a check for $157,747.49 should be issued in his name and the victim's name. This represented part of the sales proceeds from the stock. Hurst requested that this check be sent via courier to the home of Justin Silveira, 29, Hurst's nephew. On the same day Hurst deposited the check into an account he held jointly with his wife, he asked for a second check to be issued in his name and the victim's name for $3,980.46 for the rest of the sales proceeds. This check was also to be sent to Silveira's address.

Hurst admitted that he and his wife spent the proceeds of the stock sale on personal expenses and items. Silveira pleaded guilty to perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with the case and received a sentence of 15 months in federal prison to be followed by two years of supervised release.

Resources

U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, Randolph Hurst Indictment

U.S. Department of Justice News Release

 

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