- Associated Press - Thursday, January 29, 2015

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A New York City man has been sentenced in Virginia to more than 14 years in prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

The government says 36-year Jeffrey Washington was also ordered Wednesday to pay restitution of $255,000. He was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Newport News.

Washington pleaded guilty last August to his involvement in a ring that burglarized Wells Fargo mortgage offices throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland in 2012 and 2013.

The ring stole more than 1,800 mortgage files that were then used in a variety of bank customer impersonation and retail credit fraud schemes, targeting banks and retailers.

Three defendants have pleaded guilty. A fourth still faces trial.



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