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GARLAND, Texas — 30-year-old Alan Okpechi, of Garland, Texas, was sentenced last week to five years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit access device fraud in a scheme which resulted in the theft of 2,000 individuals' identifications.

Okpechi, who has been jailed since his arrest in July 2016, along with two co-conspirators, purchased individuals' identities online and used the stolen information to create false identifications and credit/debit cards which were used on many occasions to reserve hotel rooms, often times entire hotel floors, and rental vehicles.

His co-conspirators, Krisstopher Segura-Jatip and Morgen Nelson, also pled guilty to their role in the conspiracy and were sentenced to 57 months and 24 months in federal prison, respectively.

The scheme began in April 2015 and continued through July 13, 2016, according to court documents.

The information purchased online includes names, social security numbers, driver's license numbers, and credit cards numbers. That information was then used to create false identification documents, including false Texas driver's licenses, which Okpechi would attach his own photo to, as well as his co-defendants.

Those stolen and fraudulent identifications were then used to make unauthorized purchases with credit and debit card accounts which were accessed using recoded blank plastic cards or altered debit/credit or gift cards.

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