Seminole Man Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft, Attempted Bank Robbery
Over several months in 2016, he transferred more than $3 million of victims’ money into accounts that he controlled before his frauds were discovered, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
TAMPA – A Seminole man has pleaded guilty in federal court to multiple charges that include stealing information to gain access to bank accounts across the U.S., the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida said.
Jason Peter Kendall, 36, of Seminole, has pleaded guilty to one count each of bank fraud, securities counterfeiting, aggravated identity theft, and attempted bank robbery. Kendall faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison for the bank fraud, up to 20 years for the attempted bank robbery, up to 10 years for the counterfeiting, and a mandatory consecutive term of two years for the aggravated identity theft. A sentencing date has not been set.
According to the plea agreement, Kendall stole the personal identifying information of various individuals and opened securities-trading accounts in his name and the names of his identity theft victims. He then funded those accounts by stealing account information and impersonating accountholders to gain access to bank accounts held by individuals and businesses in Florida and across the country, directing those banks to wire funds into the trading accounts that he controlled. Over several months in 2016, Kendall transferred more than $3 million of victims’ money into accounts that he controlled before his frauds were discovered.
Then, on Sept. 20, 2017, Kendall entered a BB&T Bank in Seminole and attempted to rob it. After a teller activated a silent alarm to alert other employees to the robbery, Kendall fled without obtaining any money.
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