Local Sprint fraud case turns into federal prosecution
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) - Over the course of a year, Cheyenne Police Department Detectives worked a case that started as a local call for service and ended up with a federal prosecution.
On August 8, 2019, Sprint contacted CPD regarding phones purchased fraudulently and shipped to various Cheyenne addresses. On August 12, 2019, a package from Sprint was shipped to a Cheyenne residence and delivered. A surveillance team was set up to watch the house.
The suspect, Tracy Reighard, arrived at the residence and picked up the packages in view of Detectives. Reighard was detained and the package was seized. During the interview, Reighard stated he was involved in receiving and shipping phones to an address in Accra, Ghana for his “fiancé, Joyce”. It was also learned that Reighard was using his two local credit unions to wire money to illegitimate front companies on the east coast and overseas.
In addition, police say there have been several dozen, possibly hundreds of victims of identity theft in Cheyenne during the same time.
The majority of those had fraudulent Sprint accounts opened in their names. The loss to Sprint was so severe during this time that police say Sprint would no longer ship phones to Cheyenne. The total dollar loss to Sprint and Cheyenne-area victims could not be determined but is estimated to be $750,000.
With the assistance of the local FBI office, the investigation continued, and charges were recommended to the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Wyoming.
Reighard pled to a charge of Wire Fraud and was sentenced to six months in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, followed by three years of supervised probation, in addition to paying $2,000.00 restitution and a $100.00 restitution fee.
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