Renton man sentenced for role in identity theft ring

December 31, 2009

By Tim Pfarr

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Billy Morris Britt, 37, of Renton, has been sentenced to more than five years in prison, five years of supervised release and ordered to pay $466,622 in restitution for his role in an identity theft ring based out of a Newcastle post office box.

Britt was charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Britt’s role was to steal credit cards from gym lockers, manufacture counterfeit IDs and use the stolen credit cards and counterfeit IDs to purchase high-end electronic equipment, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

He stole credit cards from hundreds of individuals and he is responsible for $450,000 in losses.

Britt worked with Gabriel Jang, 37, of Renton, who led the identity theft ring. In total, the ring brought in more than $3 million in a seven-year period.

Jang — who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, access device fraud, aggravated identity theft and structuring currency transactions — is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 5.

Jang initially faced 21 charges including wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, and in January 2009 he pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. In August, he entered into a plea agreement in which he changed his plea to guilty on four charges. The remaining 17 charges were dropped.

IRS Criminal Investigation, the Secret Service Electric Crimes Task Force and the Seattle Police Department investigated the case.

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