3 Warren Residents convicted in Identity Theft Ring, Unemployment Fraud and Conspiracy

ANN ARBOR, MI – Three individuals from Warren were convicted on Federal charges related to identity theft following a five-day jury trial in Ann Arbor.

Convicted were Kenneth Dixon, 29-years-old, Nakita Washington, 29-years-old, and Jamela Washington, 27-years-old, all from Warren. The defendants were charged with use of counterfeit access devices, aggravated identity theft, theft of government money, and conspiracy to commit those offenses.

Evidence presented at trial established that between October 2009 through April 2012, the defendants systematically engaged in a conspiracy to obtain the personal identification information of unsuspecting victims, and then used that information to submit fraudulent on-line claims for unemployment compensation benefits. Over 100 individuals were victimized.

“The guilty verdicts of Kenneth Dixon, Jamela Washington, and Nakita Washington are the culmination of an extensive investigation into a conspiracy that victimized individuals by stealing their identities and defrauded the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency of over $400,000”, stated James Vanderberg, Special Agent in Charge, Chicago Region, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to safeguard the Unemployment Insurance Program.”

Sentencing for all three has been set for September 19, 2017. Each face a statutory maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison.

Originally eight individuals were indicted in 2012 by a federal grand jury in Detroit on charges relating to the identity theft ring.