Tuesday, June 13, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO – Michael Inman was sentenced to 34 months in prison for his role in a bank fraud conspiracy, announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett. The sentence was handed down June 7, 2017, by the Honorable Charles R. Breyer, U.S. District Judge, following a guilty plea in which Inman admitted he participated in a scheme to steal checks, open fraudulent bank accounts, write fraudulent checks, and deposit stolen and fraudulent checks as part of a bank fraud scheme.
Inman, 55, of Los Angeles, Calif., pleaded guilty on February 8, 2017, to participating in the bank fraud conspiracy. According to the plea agreement, Inman admitted that beginning in January of 2013, he agreed with at least one other person to commit bank fraud. The plea agreement describes a number of transactions in which Inman stole high value cashier’s checks from the victim and he and his co-conspirators used the stolen identity of the victim to write and deposit fraudulent checks. For example, in January of 2013, members of Inman’s conspiracy opened a bank account in the name of the victim and, in February of 2013, a co-conspirator deposited into the account a stolen $99,000 cashier’s check that had been made out to the victim. Similarly, Inman admitted that in June of 2013, co-conspirators opened another two fraudulent accounts and deposited a $99,000 check. Further, Inman admitted participating in a scheme in which people were provided checks drawn on the fraudulent bank accounts.
A grand jury indicted Inman on February 11, 2016, charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and bank fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Inman pleaded guilty to the conspiracy count.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Breyer sentenced Inman to pay $198,000 in restitution to the victim and to forfeit $198,000. Judge Breyer ordered the defendant to begin serving his sentence on or before August 2, 2017.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Marc Price Wolf and Claudia A. Quiroz are prosecuting the case with assistance from Kevin Costello, Yanira Osorio, and Lance Libatique. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI.