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Albany duo pleads guilty to bank fraud in identity theft conspiracy

Davon Parson and Dnauticah Taylor-Sterman, both from Albany, New York, have pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. This announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Matthew Scarpino.

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The pair admitted their involvement in a scheme targeting SEFCU, a credit union, between February and October 2022. They fraudulently applied for loans using stolen identities and counterfeit New York driver’s licenses with their photos but with names and dates of birth of other people. The conspiracy also involved creating fake checks and cash withdrawals. Parson and Taylor-Sterman, who pleaded guilty on January 10 and today, respectively, face a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 32 years in prison, along with potential fines.

The case, investigated by HSI with the Bethlehem Police Department’s help, also involves other defendants, including Caeshara Cannon, a former SEFCU employee, who pleaded guilty to similar charges. The remaining defendants, Allah and Cutler, are charged but presumed innocent until proven guilty. Sentencing for Parson and Taylor-Sterman is scheduled for May 2024.