Retired Sgt. Admits to Taking IDs from Gym Bags, Defrauding Fellow Service Members

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant admitted in court to stealing the identity of dozens of military personnel in the San Diego area.

Christopher Dwan Underwood pleaded guilty to charges that he stolen tens of thousands of dollars from service personnel, according to documents filed in federal court.

Between February and October 2013, Underwood used his privileges in the Air Force to gain access to gymnasiums on San Diego-area military installations, the Southern California Office of the United States Attorney said. Underwood would steal credit cards and personal identifying information from his fellow service members after going through gym bags, clothing and lockers.

Once he had that personal information, Underwood would pose as those service members and use the information such as addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers to activate the victims’ government Citibank charge cards.

Underwood used those cards to make unauthorized charges for tens of thousands of dollars, including purchasing airline tickets, obtaining numerous cash advances and eating luxurious San Diego restaurants such as Donovan’s Prime Seafood, the attorney’s office said. He stole from more than 30 individuals.

He plead guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges.

Underwood will be sentenced at 9 a.m. on April 10.

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