Robert Thompson, the leader of a massive identity theft and bribery scheme, was sentenced to 309 years in prison based on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, computer fraud, access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. This is the longest sentence of any white collar offender in the history of the Middle District of Louisiana.
The matter involved Thompson engaging in multiple conspiracies with numerous co-conspirators to obtain and use the personal and financial information of more than 61 individuals, churches, financial institutions and businesses, without their knowledge or authorization, to steal from their bank accounts, and use their credit to obtain things of value, including attempting to steal $20,000,000 from one victim’s bank accounts.
To facilitate the scheme, among other things, Thompson bribed a corrections officer at Elyan Hunt Correctional Center $10,000 to provide Thompson with cell phones while an inmate at the facility.
The other charged defendants include:
- Ecknozzio C. Jackson has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and bank fraud in connection with his agreeing to a $10,000 bribe from Thompson.
- Charlene B. Jackson has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering.
- Sedric L. Jackson has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and obstruct justice.
- Dacobia L. Hamilton has pleaded guilty to wire fraud.
- Zelbony O. Taylor has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and obstruct justice.
- Murkel L. Parker has pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of an access device.
- Barbara Thomas has pleaded guilty to wire fraud.
- Kelvin Archie is charged in a bill of information with one count of use of an unauthorized access device.