CHICAGO - A former U.S. Air Force member from North Carolina has been sentenced by a Chicago federal judge to four years in prison in an identity theft case.
Federal prosecutors say jurors earlier this year convicted 28-year-old Ronnie Allen II of Greensboro, N.C., on two counts of identity theft, among other charges. Prosecutors say Allen stole an Air Force personnel roster that contained names, birthdates and Social Security numbers about more than 1,400 Air Force members stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho.
Command Chief Master Sergeant Bickley of Mountain Home Air Force Base couldn't say how long Allen was stationed in Mountain Home for, but he does believe justice was served.
"I think if your going to ask our airmen on base what they think of this who were affected, they are going to say justice is served. I think anytime identity theft happens its a bad thing, but when it's one of your own I think it stings even more. But we're like anyone else, we were wronged and he has been brought to the court of justice and justice was served," says Bickley.
Prosecutors say Allen distributed the stolen information hoping to make money. Authorities say the information was used to fraudulently open financial accounts and file tax returns in Air Force members' names.
"You know, our airmen have a ton of pressure on them right now and it's one more thing they don't need. If I was missing $30,000 I wouldn't be focused on the mission and that's what we need our airmen to be focused on," says Bickley.
Co-defendant Antorondi Benion of Bellwood, Ill., was sentenced to 70 months in prison.