Another defendant sentenced in $1.5 million ID theft that bilked service members and veterans
A former U.S. Army medical records administrator in South Korea was ordered to serve more than 12 years in prison for his role in an identity theft scheme that targeted military members and their families, including elderly and disabled veterans.
Fredrick Brown, 40, of Las Vegas, was sentenced last week, nearly two years after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, according to a Justice Department statement.
Brown was also ordered to pay more than $2.3 million in restitution.
The victims, who included eight general officers and numerous disabled veterans, lost more than $1.5 million, according to the Justice Department.
Brown had access to personal identifying information while working as a civilian medical records technician and administrator with the Army’s 65th Medical Brigade at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul.
He admitted in court that between July 2014 and September 2015 he stole names, Social Security numbers, military ID numbers, dates of birth and contact information for thousands of service members, civilians, veterans and their families.
He captured the information by taking digital photographs of his computer screen while he was logged into a military electronic health records database, according to court documents.
He provided the stolen data to co-defendant Robert Wayne Boling Jr., a U.S. military dependent raised in South Korea and living in the Philippines who was described in court documents as the scheme’s ringleader.
Boling and others used the information to access Defense Department and Veterans Affairs benefits sites to steal or attempt to steal millions of dollars in pensions and disability benefits.
They also stole from personal bank accounts, in some cases contacting banks and other financial institutions and posing as military-affiliated individuals, according to court documents.
In July 2020, the Justice Department said Boling and two other foreign co-defendants in the Philippines were still in that country, where measures were being taken to transfer them to the United States for legal proceedings.
The Justice Department statement on Brown’s sentencing included no update on the efforts to prosecute Boling and the other two defendants who were in the Philippines.
They are charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Another co-defendant, Trorice Crawford, 34, of San Diego, was sentenced in 2020 to 46 months in federal prison, according to the Justice Department.
Crawford recruited and supervised people who provided their bank accounts to be used to receive stolen funds, according to court documents.