UNION COUNTY, NJ — Corey N. Blanton, 28, of Maplewood was sentenced to three years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Robert A. Kirsch today for stealing the identity of a bank account holder and using a fraudulently obtained debit card to make over $67,000 in purchases and withdrawals.
Blanton pleaded guilty on Jan. 22, 2019 to third-degree charges of impersonation/theft of identity and theft by deception. He must pay full restitution. Blanton previously failed to appear in court multiple times for sentencing, but was recently detained in the Union County Jail on a bench warrant issued by Judge Kirsch.
Deputy Attorney General Thomas Huynh and former Deputy Attorney General Joseph Remy prosecuted Blanton, and Deputy Attorney General Huynh represented the Division of Criminal Justice Financial and Cyber Crimes Bureau at the sentencing hearing.
Blanton was indicted in an investigation by the New Jersey State Police and the Division of Criminal Justice that began when an investigator for Bank of America contacted the State Police about thefts involving the fraudulently obtained debit card.
The investigation revealed that Blanton obtained personal information about the account holder that enabled him to order a new debit card and have it mailed to an address in Georgia. Once Blanton received the debit card, he used it to make more than $67,000 in purchases and withdrawals in New Jersey and Georgia. Investigators identified Blanton as the man using the debit card and had a warrant issued for his arrest. Blanton was arrested in April 2017 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia.
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