9 men have been charged for their roles in the so-called Felony Lane Gang scheme. The criminal investigation by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, with the FBI, stemmed from larcenies from vehicles and identity theft which targeted women throughout multiple states along the East Coast.
The 13 count indictment is about a wide-ranging bank fraud scheme that affected hundreds of victims. The defendants were collectively involved in more than 700 smash-and-grab thefts and approximately 1,000 fraudulent bank transactions, with losses exceeding $1.5 million.
Each of the defendants is charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft for the conspiracy of using stolen identification from one victim to conduct fraudulent transactions using checks and credit cards stolen from another victim.
The mobile identity theft ring allegedly traveled across the country breaking into cars, often targeting those parked by women at locations such as health and fitness centers, daycares, outdoor recreational parks, and dog parks. Authorities say some of the IDs were used even years after the smash and grab activity.
The leaders of the scheme reportedly recruited women, whom they often referred to as “faces,” to impersonate the smash-and-grab victims in drive-through bank lanes. The recruited check cashers were almost always suffering from an addiction to a controlled substance and were provided payment at least partially in narcotics.
Those charged are:
TYRONE PARKER, JR. a/k/a “Ty,” a/k/a “Cheese,” a/k/a “Little Thigh,” age 21, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
JOSHUA MALLORY, a/k/a “P,” a/k/a “Pudge,” age 35, of Fort Lauderdale
TYRONE PARKER, a/k/a “Tyron Parker,” a/k/a “Thigh,” age 39, of Fort Lauderdale
RANDALL TAYLOR, a/k/a “Gucci,” a/k/a “Guwop,” age 34, of Fort Lauderdale
CEDRIC LYNCH, a/k/a “City,” a/k/a “C,” age 35, of Orlando, Florida
TERRELL MCDONALD, a/k/a “Ruger,” a/k/a “Moon,” age 30, of Troy, New York
KEYSHAWN ARNOLD, a/k/a “Key,” age 23, of Schenectady, New York
ROBERT NATSON, a/k/a “Big Rob,” age 34, of Fort Lauderdale
GARY GRIER, a/k/a “G,” age 34, of Fort Lauderdale