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Published On: Thu, Sep 27th, 2018

Florida: Pinellas man Jason Kendall pleads guilty in $3 million robbery scheme, identity theft

Jason Peter Kendall (36, Seminole) has pleaded guilty to one count each of bank fraud, securities counterfeiting, aggravated identity theft, and attempted bank robbery. Kendall faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison for the bank fraud, up to 20 years for the attempted bank robbery, up to 10 years for the counterfeiting, and a mandatory consecutive term of two years for the aggravated identity theft. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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According to the plea agreement, Kendall stole the personal identifying information of various individuals and opened securities-trading accounts in his name and the names of his identity theft victims. He then funded those accounts by stealing account information and impersonating accountholders to gain access to bank accounts held by individuals and businesses in Florida and across the country, directing those banks to wire funds into the trading accounts that he controlled. Over several months in 2016, Kendall transferred more than $3 million of victims’ money into accounts that he controlled before his frauds were discovered.

Then, on September 20, 2017, Kendall entered a BB&T Bank in Seminole and attempted to rob it. After a teller activated a silent alarm to alert other employees to the robbery, Kendall fled without obtaining any money.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Eric K. Gerard.

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