The following release is reference a case investigated by
the Boise Police Department and the US Secret Service:
California Man Sentenced for Bank Fraud and Identity
Identity Theft Sentencing and Plea Identify over
$200,000 in Fraud in Multi-state Crime Spree
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ON MAY 10, 2012
CONTACT: PAMELA BEARG, Public Information Officer
KEVIN MALONEY, Assistant U.S. Attorney (208)
BOISE - Justine Lingatong, 24, of Carson, California, was
sentenced in United States District Court today to 60 months
in prison followed by five years of supervised release for
bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Wendy
J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge
ordered Lingtong to pay restitution in the amount of $189,960.
Lingatong, 24, of Carson, California, pled guilty to bank fraud
and aggravated identit theft on January 23, 2012. According to
his plea agreement, on seven occasions between January 11 and
January 13, 2011, Lingatong entered Wells Fargo Bank branches in
the Treasure Valley and presented false identification showing
his picture and the name of a genuine Wells Fargo account
holder. He also presented the Wells Fargo account number of the
person he was impersonating. Lingatong admitted that on each
occasion he withdrew funds from the victim's Wells Fargo
account. In January 2011, law enforcement arrested two females
traveling with Lingtong who were committing similar crimes.
Lingatong, however, evaded arrest at that time.
The two females, Janelyn Dasig and Luisa Lamonthe, have been
charged and sentenced to prison terms of 48 and 44 months,
respectively. Lingatong was identified after he was arrested
Both Lingtong and Lamonthe admitted in their plea agreements
that they committed similar customer impersonation bank frauds
in Arizona and Utah, sometimes traveling together. Lingatong
also admitted similar frauds in New Mexico. The total loss from all
of these frauds was over $200,000. Lingtong's restitution of
$189,960 is part of this total.
"Identity theft creates financial havoc and disrupts lives,"
said Olson. "It is serious criminal conduct that warrants the
serious penalty imposed in this case. Mr. Lingatong will spend
the next five years in federal prison and must make restitution to
his victims. We will continue to work with our federal and
local law enforcement partners to aggressively
prosecute identity thieves."
The cases were investigated by U.S. Secret Service and the Boise
Police Department, with assistance from Wells Fargo.
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