Damien Deshaun Dennis, a 43-year-old from Jacksonville, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan. Dennis was also ordered to pay restitution to the victims he defrauded. His arrest by the United States Secret Service Jacksonville Field Office took place on April 11, 2022, with detention pending the outcome of his case, after pleading guilty on July 12, 2022.
Court documents and evidence presented at the sentencing hearing revealed that on August 9, 2021, Dennis used the identity of G.M. to open a bank account at a Community First Credit Union (CFCU) branch in Jacksonville. He presented a counterfeit South Carolina driver’s license and fraudulent documents to support the application, eventually obtaining a $20,000 personal loan. Similar tactics were used on September 2, 2021, at another CFCU branch, this time using the identity of J.C. Dennis fled from law enforcement during this incident but was eventually apprehended.
Further investigation revealed Dennis had attempted similar actions at two other financial institutions. Notably, Dennis had previously been convicted in 2009 for conspiracy to produce and pass counterfeit corporate checks.
E. Joseph Scargill, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service Jacksonville Field Office, emphasized the collaborative effort between law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in prosecuting such cases.
The investigation was conducted by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the United States Secret Service – Jacksonville Field Office, with prosecution handled by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Frein.