Urbana man gets probation over identity theft scam
URBANA — The last of four people involved in a scam that involved former Busey Bank tellers relaying personal customer identification to two other men who used it to steal money has been sentenced to probation.
Deangelo Ashford, 21, whose last known address was in the 1800 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, Urbana, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit financial institution fraud.
Assistant State's Attorney Joel Fletcher said the charge stemmed from activity that happened between June and September 2011 involving two female tellers at Busey Bank who gave customer-identifying information such as Social Security numbers to Ashford and Troy Perry, 22, who was Ashford's roommate at the time. Perry then used the information to siphon money electronically from three different customer accounts ultimately into his own account.
Ashford and the tellers — Heather Alexander, 22, and Jalena Arnold, 20 — were then paid by Perry.
Ashford was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay, along with the other three, a total of $21,441 in restitution.
The other three pleaded guilty earlier to identity theft for probation. Perry was also ordered to serve six months in jail.
Fletcher said Ashford introduced the women to Perry.
The case was investigated by Urbana police detective Duane Maxey.
Fletcher said Ashford had no prior convictions. The charge to which he pleaded guilty is a Class 2 felony.