A Garland man sentenced to federal prison this week in an identity theft scheme couldn’t tell police his own identity when they found him wandering around a Plano hotel lobby two years ago.
Alan Okpechi was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison for his role in a scheme that used 2,000 stolen identities to rent out entire floors of hotels, among other things.
Okpechi, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Dallas.
Court documents show Okpechi and two accomplices, Krisstopher Segura-Jatip and Morgen Nelson, purchased over 2,000 stolen identities online, including Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers.
The group used the stolen information to make false Texas driver’s licenses with their photos on them. They then used forged or stolen credit cards to make purchases at stores like Walmart.
In April 2015, police were called to a hotel in Plano about a man in the lobby who wouldn’t leave. It was Okpechi, who told them he didn’t know who he was or where he was.
After taking Okpechi to a mental health facility, police found a car idling in the hotel parking lot with no one around. This car, found to be his, contained a bag of credit cards and IDs.
According to court documents, Okpechi would stay at hotels in the Dallas-Fort Worth area while continuing the identity theft scheme, paid for by the stolen accounts.
In August 2015, police pulled Segura-Jatip over after he ran a stop sign. Upon searching the car, police found 46 credit, debit and gift cards.
The same month, Okpechi was arrested at a hotel with information on over 2,000 people and methamphetamines.
Almost a year later, a victim of the fraud reported false charges from an Applebee’s in Rowlett, as well as Google and Walmart. When police identified the IP address for the online charges, it belonged to Nelson.
When police searched Nelson’s house while Okpechi and Segura-Jatip were there in July 2016, they found more false IDs.
Segura-Jatip, who also pleaded guilty, was sentenced to just under five years in prison in July.