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Date: 07-14-2023

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United States of America v. Elijah A. Johnson

Case Number: 1:22-cr-00166

Judge: Amanda K. Brailsford

Court: United States District Court for the District of Idaho (Ada County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Boise

Defendant's Attorney: Gus Rosenheim

Description: Boise, Idaho criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

From March 2019 through March 2022, Elijah A. Johnson, age 32, of Chicago, Illinois, was part a bank fraud conspiracy that obtained victim bank account information, impersonated account holders, and created and cashed counterfeit checks to obtain money. On part of the conspiracy, Johnson recruited check cashers, drove check cashers, and organized counterfeit check-cashing trips to other states. He has travelled to numerous states to facilitate the conspiracy, including Idaho, Minnesota, Ohio, California, Tennessee, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.

Johnson traveled with at least six-co-conspirators to Idaho on May 5, 2020. Johnson drove and assisted other co-conspirators in cashing and attempting to cash counterfeit checks in Idaho between May 6 and 8, 2020. On May 6, Johnson assisted co-conspirators in successfully cashing nine counterfeit checks, totaling $47,054.41. On May 8, the Defendant assisted two co‑conspirators in attempting to cash checks and successfully cashing a third check at another bank, totaling $13,710.96.

Johnson’s six co-conspirators have been charged in two related cases. Four co-conspirators were previously charged and sentenced in another case. Johnson’s co-conspirator Billy A. Guidry pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and is set for sentencing on August 8, 2023.

U.S. Attorney Hurwit credited the collective efforts of a geographically-diverse set of law enforcement agencies for this successful investigation: in Idaho, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, the Boise Police Department, the Garden City Police Department, the Meridian Police Department, and the Nampa Police Department; and outside of Idaho, the Chicago Police Department, the Ellisville Police Department, the Fort Atkinson Police Department, the Gahanna Police Department, the Johnson Creek Police Department, the Montgomery Township Police Department, the Normal Police Department, the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, the Redwood City Police Department, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, the Sioux Falls Police Department, the Stockton Police Department, the Waltham Police Department, and the Wellesley Police Department.


Outcome: Defendant sentenced to imprisonment for a term of 46 months, followed by 5 years of supervised release. $100 special assessment due immediately and the fine in this matter is waived.

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