Atlanta Resident Sentenced For Identity Theft

January 8, 2013
Department of Justice
United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee
Atlanta Resident Sentenced For Identity Theft And Social Security Fraud

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Sabir Jaquail Grant, 23, of Atlanta, Ga., was sentenced on January 8, 2013, by the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, Chief U.S. District Judge, to serve a term of 12 months in prison for aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit Social Security fraud. In addition, he was also ordered to serve a three-year period of supervised release upon release from prison. Grant's pleaded guilty on Feb. 22, 2011, to conspiracy and identity theft charges.

Grant and his co-conspirator, Joshua Phillips, came to the attention of law enforcement when Wal-Mart Loss Prevention associates observed them attempting to purchase cellular telephone accounts with suspicious North Carolina driver's licenses. Knoxville Police Department officers arrested both defendants on Apr. 8, 2010, at the Wal-Mart location on Clinton Highway. Grant and Phillips were found in the possession of numerous false identity documents, including counterfeit Social Security cards. Both defendants subsequently entered guilty pleas to federal charges. Phillips is presently serving a sentence of 24 months in prison.

This conviction was the result of an investigation by the Knoxville Police Department, Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Frank M. Dale, Jr. and D. Gregory Weddle represented the United States.

Earlier Arrest:

Four arrested in suspected forgery case Thursday, August 20, 2009

Four men have been apprehended, and more arrests are expected, as part of an investigation into counterfeit checks allegedly being passed at area stores.

Eric Geroy Simmons, Jr., 22, of Snellville, and Abdoul Yaya Diomande, 24, of Acworth, are each charged with two counts of forgery. Sabir Jaquail Grant, 19, of Warner Robins, and Brandon Jamal Wyatt, 26, of Sandy Springs, are each charged with one count of forgery. ... investigating a separate case at the Target located at 1850 Jonesboro Road in McDonough, when someone allegedly tried to pass a counterfeit check.

"The Target Loss Prevention Officer showed the detective the suspect on video," said Bolton. "A canvas of the area was done and ... Grant was located at the register at Best Buy [at 1861 Jonesboro Road]. The suspect was using checks from the same account that he previously had used at Target."

Bolton said the detective confronted Grant, and the two got into a "scuffle" when Grant attempted to flee the scene.

"An officer with the McDonough Police Department apprehended the suspect on Mill Road," said Bolton. "There were three other suspects involved in the counterfeit-check incident, and they were identified at the scene and arrested."

Bolton said the suspects used fake checks and false names to buy items from Target, Walgreens, Walmart, and CVS stores from Atlanta to Warner Robins. He added that merchandise and receipts from cities including Macon, Warner Robins and Acworth, were located in Grant's vehicle...

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