LAFAYETTE, La. — 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, federal authorities said.
U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik sentenced Derrick Nathanial Hartfield, 46, of Smyrna, Ga., to five years in prison, four years of supervised release and a $10,000 fine for wire fraud and two years in prison, two years of supervised release and a $5,000 fine for aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said Tuesday. The prison terms will be served consecutively.
Haik also sentenced Rico Carty Clemons, 48, of Riverdale, Ga., to 10 months in prison and two years of supervised release for wire fraud, Finley said in a news release.
Both men also were ordered to pay $14,869 in restitution.
According to evidence presented at a 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 also told law enforcement officers he may have obtained about $1 million since 2005 as a result of the scheme.
A Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy working a security detail at a Lake Charles Wal-Mart on July 7, 2012, apprehended Hartfield in the store. The officer then identified Clemons who was in a parked vehicle outside. The two men were in possession of $2,000 and numerous debit and credit cards that were not in their names.