Tampa, Florida -- A former Pinellas County resident and Florida attorney was sentenced by a U.S. District Judge to 11 years and three months in federal prison for bank and mail fraud conspiracy.
Court documents revealed the conspiracy occurred from a time before April 2000 through July 2004. As part of the conspiracy, 62-year-old Mark Jackson and his co-conspirator William Dykstra stole mail matter containing personal information, as well as personal and business checks from the United States mail.
The two then produced and used counterfeit personal identification documents, including unlawfully obtained copies of other individuals valid Florida driver licenses. They opened numerous accounts and rented mail boxes at Commercial Mail Receiving Agencies (CMRAs) using fraudulent identification documents.
They also opened bank accounts in the names of others using stolen identification information. They produced counterfeit personal and business checks, deposited those checks into the fraudulently opened bank accounts, then withdrew funds from the accounts using ATMs.
They also produced counterfeit personal and business checks based on checks stolen from the U.S. Mails, and then negotiated and attempted to negotiate the checks at drive-through teller windows of various bank branches throughout the Middle District of Florida using stolen or fraudulent identity documents.
Jackson and Dykstra fraudulently obtained and attempted to obtain more than $200,000 from the compromised banks during the conspiracy.
Dykstra pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy in August 2008. On Feb. 17, 2009, he was sentenced to two years and nine months in federal prison.
Jackson pleaded guilty on Aug. 28, 2008, but fled before being sentenced. He was a fugitive from Feb. 17, 2009, until March 30, 2012, when he was arrested in North Carolina by local law enforcement for committing offenses similar to these here in Florida.
In addition to his sentence, Jackson has been ordered to serve five years of supervised release, to pay restitution of over $166,700 along with an additional $200,000.