LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say two men from Georgia have been sentenced for defrauding several retail businesses nationwide out of hundreds of thousands of dollars through identity theft and wire fraud.
U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said Tuesday that U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik sentenced Derrick Hartfield, of Smyrna, Ga., to seven years in prison and Rico Carty Clemons, of Riverdale, Ga., received 10 months behind bars. Both men also were ordered to pay $14,869 in restitution. According to evidence presented at the May plea hearing, Hartfield and Clemons admitted using illegally obtained retail store gift cards and applied for credit/debit cards using other peoples' identities. Hartfield told law enforcement officers he may have obtained about $1 million since 2005 as a result of the scheme.