Louisiana Woman Sentenced for Identity Theft in Check Cashing Scheme

By Liora Hawthorne
Published August 18, 2023

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New Orleans, Louisiana – A Louisiana woman has been sentenced for identity theft in a check cashing scheme.

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans revealed that Raychael Depland, a 34-year-old resident of New Orleans, Louisiana was sentenced for committing Identity Theft under Section 1028(a)(7) of Title 18, United States Code. 

According to official documents, during her time as a patient access representative at the University Medical Center in New Orleans, Depland sent patients’ personal information to Acia Gray. Gray, in collaboration with others, used this data in a fraudulent check cashing activity at various Wal-Mart stores, primarily located in Texas. Gray, along with other people involved in this fraud, have been found guilty of Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, violating Sections 1343 and 1349 of Title 18, United States Code, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. 

Gray has been sentenced to fifty-seven months of imprisonment.

Nannette Jolivette Brown, the Principal District Judge of the United States, has ruled that Depland should serve a 4-year probation term. The verdict also directed that Depland engaged in 100 hours of volunteer community service, in addition to mandating a payment of a special assessment fee amounting to $100.

The US Attorney’s Office expressed its gratitude for the valuable assistance rendered by the United States Department of Treasury, specifically the Inspector General for Tax Administration, in the investigation of this case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba, who is the head of the Financial Crimes Unit.