How's this for irony? A member of the Eight Trey Crips gang in New York City was so pleased with his check fraud scheme that he got the Bank of America logo tattooed onto his arm, but he ended up getting busted for his crimes later. And that tattoo? It may be what sealed his fate.
According to The New York Daily News, 21-year-old Gabriel Patterson pleaded guilty to copying the account and routing numbers off of checks and then using the stolen numbers to write bad checks. He then deposited the checks so that he could withdraw the cash. According to Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Allon Lifshitz, what Patterson did is a popular way for gangs to make money.
"The defendant's commitment to bank fraud is extreme," Lifshitz said, adding, "Indeed, he has even tattooed the logo of Bank of America — one of his victims — on the inside of his left elbow reflecting the pride he takes in his crimes."
Patterson's defense lawyer, Mitchell Golub, disagreed with Lifshitz's take, telling the Daily News, "It is what it is. The government is just saying what they assume it means. He [Patterson] was just an immature kid — I don't think any great thinking went into it."
Though Patterson, who's the son of a retired NYPD detective, penned a remorseful letter to Federal Judge William Kuntz apologizing for his crimes, on Monday he was sentenced to 33 months in prison.
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