MANHATTAN (CN) – A former Army finance technician pleaded guilty to stealing identities and pay from more than 35 soldiers on active duty. Reynaldo Jimenez helped soldiers with payroll, including accessing their “myPay” accounts, a Web site through which they can direct where their paycheck will be deposited. That’s how he got access to their Social Security numbers and myPay passwords, federal prosecutors said.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jimenez, 31, went AWOL in South Korea in March 2008. He used some of the Social Security numbers and passwords to log onto solders’ myPay accounts, and directed that their pay be deposited in his bank and debit accounts.
He obtained two false driver’s licenses and opened debit card accounts in other names, into which he routed some of the money.
From April through September 2008, Jimenez tried to steal more than $35,000 from more than 35 service members, and succeeded in stealing $6,500.
Campus police at Bronx Community College arrested him in September as he gained access to a service member’s account. He was in possession of several false IDs and a number of Social Security numbers, 18 of which belonged to active duty service members.
Jimenez pleaded guilty to one count of identity theft, one count of access device fraud, one count of fraud in connection with protected computers and one count of aggravated identity theft. He faces up to 37 years in prison at his July 24 sentencing.