Lee Anderson, 33, from Tacoma, Washington found a loophole in the banking system with regards to names. To exploit the loophole, he changed his name 12 times in the last eight years. Every time he would change his name, he would open a new bank account (with his new drivers license and fake social security card) and write himself checks from the earlier name bank accounts. By the time the check would bounce, he would have made purchases with the money.
As with most crimes, he and his partner Curtis Craft were identified by employees at a gas station who called the cops. Both of them were arrested for fraud.
Leon Letroy Anderson of Tacoma was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton, who told him, “This is a very serious offense. … You were persistent in it for a long time.”
Anderson got 27 months in prison, five years of supervised release and was ordered to repay about $100,000 that he stole from scores of businesses and three banks, said Emily Langlie of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Federal prosecutors say Anderson was prosecuted as part of a wide-ranging investigation called “The Name Game” that uncovered people abusing the state District Court name change system to facilitate bank fraud.
Over the course of the scheme, Anderson defrauded a total of 71 victims. He was finally stopped in May 2008 when workers at a gas station spotted him and co-schemer Curtis Craft. Craft has written multiple NSF checks at the station in a variety of names.
Why would you go back the gas station where you have already done your “deed”? Makes me wonder, how could he be doing this for the last 8 years without getting caught?