US authorities jail illegal Jamaican immigrant for identity theft

TAMPA, United States, Thursday January 17, 2013 – United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has reported that an illegal Jamaican immigrant has been jailed for identity theft.

On Wednesday the ICE said Lynval Thompson was sentenced to two years in a US federal prison and one year of supervised release for “aggravated identity theft.”

He will be deported to Jamaica after he completes his prison sentence, officials said.

ICE said that after comparing arrest records and fingerprint samples, US Homeland Security Investigation (HIS) special agents determined that Thompson had impersonated another man, Cory Howard, who was living in North Carolina in 2011.

According to ICE while reviewing his credit report, Howard realized that an unknown person in the state of Florida had opened a Wells Fargo bank account using his personal information.

After doing some investigating, Howard learned that the bank account was associated with a Tampa, Florida address, and he contacted the Tampa Police Department for assistance.

The immigration agency said a Tampa Police Department detective then embarked on an investigation.

Using ATM transaction videos and the address associated with the Wells Fargo bank account, the detective tracked down Howard’s impersonator via a traffic stop.

“The driver, however, did not present a Florida driver’s license bearing Howard’s information,” ICE said. “Instead, he presented a Florida license indicating that his name was Miguel Cruz,” it added.

When the detective analyzed both licenses, ICE said the images on the licenses bearing both Cruz and Howard’s name appeared to be the same person.

The driver of the vehicle also appeared to be the same person in the ATM videos, ICE added.

Tampa’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents on searching immigration records and working with law enforcement entities in Jamaica and the US Virgin Islands eventually identified the impersonator as Thompson. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)