Eight people have been indicted on conspiracy and wire fraud charges after authorities say they purchased Apple iPhones and iPads by pretending they were other people.
One four-member group flew to Boise in July from Dallas while the second gang arrived by car from California the next day. There was no indication the two groups had any connection.
The first group focused its efforts on Verizon and AT&T dealers located in the Boise Towne Square. They made $17,396 in purchases at Go Wireless and Connect Wireless inside the mall and at a Verizon store on North Milwaukee Street, in front of the mall.
The suspects — Andrew Joel McLeod, 21, Xavier K. Knox, 26, Nicholas Montrai Singleton, 24, and Kayla Terrie Allison, 19 — used counterfeit Texas driver’s licenses in other people’s names to establish accounts and make the purchases, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Boise.
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They were arrested by Boise police and held on state charges before a federal grand jury convened last month and indicted them on conspiracy, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
The second group targeted Wireless Lifestyle, a Sprint dealer located inside the mall, along with the mall’s Sprint store and another one on South Federal Way. Suspects Karina Flores, 21, and Brittany Amber Terry, 20, purchased a total of 14 iPhones from the three stores, according to the indictment.
They were charged, along with Jeromy Victor Reeves, 37, and Joseph Peter Jancu, 21, with conspiracy, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
If convicted, the defendants face up to 20 years in prison on the conspiracy and wire fraud charges. They would also face a minimum two years for identity theft, with that sentence to run consecutive to any others.