Isanti man sentenced for bank fraud

On Wednesday, Aug. 10, in federal court, a 27-year-old Isanti man was sentenced for using stolen identification information to create counterfeit checks used to obtain cash from financial institutions and merchandise from retail outlets.

United States District Court Judge Joan N. Ericksen sentenced Nathan Allen Miller to 57 months in prison on one count of bank fraud.

Miller was indicted Dec. 7, 2010, along with co-defendants Kari Lynn Goodman, 41, of Savage, and Michelle Rae Schneider, 35, of Minneapolis.

In his plea agreement, Miller admitted from November 2006 through February 2009, he conspired with others to commit bank fraud in order to obtain money and property. In addition, Miller admitted forging stolen checks and producing counterfeit checks, which were then used to purchase items from retail stores. Specifically, on Feb. 16, 2009, he attempted to use a fraudulent check in the amount of $1,262.15 at a store in Shakopee.

On July 11, 2011, Goodman was sentenced to 60 months on one count of bank fraud. She pleaded guilty Feb. 25, 2011. In her plea agreement, Goodman admitted that from November 2006 through February 2009, she, too, conspired to commit bank fraud. She also admitted forging stolen checks and producing counterfeit checks for use in buying retail merchandise. Specifically, on Aug. 3, 2008, she used a fraudulent check in the amount of $428.64 at a store in Owatonna.

On July 27, 2011, Schneider was sentenced to 30 months in prison on one count of conspiracy to commit offenses against the U.S. She pleaded guilty Dec. 27, 2010. In her plea agreement, Schneider admitted from December 2006 through February 2009, she conspired with others to commit bank fraud. Moreover, she admitted stealing mail in order to obtain personal identification information and then using that information to create false means of identification and counterfeit checks. Schneider, too, used those counterfeit checks at retail businesses. In addition, on Sept. 20, 2008, Schneider used the stolen identity of one victim to obtain money at Mystic Lake Casino in Shakopee; and between Dec. 1, 2008, and February 2009, she racked up more than $19,000 in fraudulent charges with the identity of another person.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and other state and local law enforcement agencies. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William J. Otteson.

The Financial Crimes Task Force was established pursuant to state law. It is comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement investigators, who work to combat the growing trend of cross-jurisdictional financial crimes. The task force is overseen by an advisory board, also created under state law.

Article provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office-District of Minnesota

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