Raleigh, N.C. — Seven members of a Wake County family and three others have pleaded guilty to fraud charges in connection with a phony credit repair service that was used to steal identities and run up credit charges, authorities said Thursday.
Authorities said Michael Anthony Griffin told people he could fix their bad credit, but instead, he created fictitious credit profiles and altered client credit data through the use of fake police reports. He and others then defrauded Capital One, Discover and Synchrony Bank, a Lowe’s credit card provider, by opening credit accounts in the name of fraudulent identities, cashing out the accounts through prepaid card purchases and defaulting on the credit accounts.
The members of the ring also used fraudulent identities, bank statements, pay stubs and other documents to defraud banks, lenders, merchants and landlords, authorities said.
Griffin’s wife, Angela Griffin, 53, and his daughter, Creshun Alexandria Griffin, 27, both of Knightdale, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and aiding and abetting.
His sister Regina Griffin, 49, of Raleigh, pleaded guilty to making a false statement to obtain a bank loan. Two other sisters, Sharon Annita Edmond, 57, and Katina Griffin Perry, 48, both of Raleigh, both pleaded guilty to wire fraud. Two brothers, Harvey Griffin, 47, of Raleigh, and Melvin Griffin, 45, of Knightdale, both pleaded guilty to bank fraud and aiding and abetting.
Shawn Allen Farmer, 52, of Cary, Tyrone Edmonds, 47 of Weldon, and Jasmine Mariah Davis, 29, of Lakeland, Fla., also have pleaded guilty to bank fraud and aiding and abetting in the case.
All 10 will be sentenced later, when they face maximum punishments of 20 to 30 years in federal prison.
The charges against Michael Griffin, Conscina Marie Brooks, 27, of Knightdale, and Jasper Deonta Goodman, 46, of Raleigh, are still pending.