Albany Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Identity Theft and Drug Charges

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ALBANY, NEW YORK – Matthan Carroll, age 36, of Albany, pled guilty today to distribution of methamphetamine, making fake government identification documents, using others’ identification information to open a U.S. Post Office Box, and aggravated identity theft.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman; Matthew Scarpino, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Buffalo Field Office; and Ketty Larco-Ward, Postal Inspector in Charge of the Boston Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).

Carroll admitted to selling a total of 277.41 grams of methamphetamine and sending a portion of that methamphetamine through the U.S. mail. Carroll also admitted to opening a Clifton Park P.O. Box—using other people’s personally identifying information without their permission—in order to receive mailed shipments of methamphetamine. He also admitted to making two fake government identification documents, one of which used another person’s personally identifying information without that person’s permission, bearing Carroll’s photograph.

Carroll faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum sentence of life, and a fine of up to $10 million.  The aggravated identity theft conviction carries a mandatory two-year term of imprisonment to be imposed consecutive to any other term of imprisonment.  The defendant also faces a term of supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors. Sentencing is set for June 9, 2022, in Albany, before Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby.

This case was investigated by HSI and USPIS, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily C. Powers.