NEW YORK — After a reputed gang member entered a guilty plea to charges that he deposited fraudulent checks to a Bank of America account, prosecutors entered one last image into evidence: a photo showing the defendant has a tattoo of the bank’s logo on his arm.
Gabriel Patterson, who is among 23 alleged Crips gang members indicted in a July 2015 racketeering case, was accused of being among a group of defendants who used stolen account and routing numbers on checks deposited at Bank of America and TD Bank. He then withdrew money accumulated using the phony checks.
In a sentencing memo filed in federal court, prosecutors asked for a judge to sentence Patterson to between 27 and 33 months in prison.
“It is worth noting that the defendant’s commitment to bank fraud is extreme ... Indeed, he has even tattooed the logo of Bank of America - one of his victims - on the inside of his left elbow,” prosecutors wrote.
The New York Daily News first reported on the memo.
Patterson was sentenced Monday to 33 months in prison.