Reynard Lewis, 29, formerly of Nanticoke, was charged by a federal grand jury earlier this week with using the identities of other people to forge identification documents, credit cards, and debit cards, as well as apply for COVID-19 pandemic relief loans, according to the announcement made by the United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam.
Indictment allegations state that Lewis and a co-conspirator used stolen identities to create forged identification documents, credit cards, and bank cards, as stated in a news release.
According to the news release, Lewis and the co-conspirator used the forged items and stolen identities to open bank accounts, apply for lines of credit, obtain retail merchandise, and apply for multiple COVID-19 pandemic relief loans. Additionally, they used the identities to apply for multiple COVID-19 pandemic relief loans.
According to the press release, both Lewis and the other individual conspirators received more than one hundred thousand dollars in pandemic stimulus funds.
Lewis was taken into custody on September 16 after having been charged in a criminal complaint in the past. Lewis is accused of participating in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity, and identification theft, access device fraud, and false statement offenses in the indictment.
According to the press release, Robert Brownstein, 51, of Scranton, was previously charged in a criminal information with fire fraud conspiracy as well as aggravated identity theft. Brownstein was a co-conspirator with Lewis.