Northern District of New York | Florida man pleads guilty to involvement in nationwide “felony lane gang” conspiracy

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Randall Taylor, 37, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. US Attorney Carla B. Freedman; Michael J. Driscoll, Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville made the announcement.

Taylor admitted that he was involved in a fraud scheme known as the “Felony Lane Gang” between 2019 and 2020. Taylor and his accomplices traveled across the country breaking into cars, often targeting those parked by women at health and fitness centers. , nurseries, and parks. Taylor and other members of the cabal stole debit cards, credit cards, checkbooks, and photo IDs in these “smash and grab” carjackings, and used these stolen items to commit bank fraud by recruiting women to impersonate by the attackers. – Grab victims and cash checks in the passing bank lanes. Recruited check cashers almost always suffered from controlled substance addiction and were paid, at least partially, in drugs. Taylor admitted that the amount of the loss from the conspiracy that he anticipated is between $40,000 and $95,000.

The charges to which Taylor pleaded guilty carry a minimum sentence of 2 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years, a fine of up to $1.25 million and a term of supervised release of up to 5 years. Taylor will be sentenced on October 2, 2023. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute under which the defendant is accused of violating, the US Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

Taylor was one of nine men charged in a 13-count indictment for his part in the scheme. Keyshawn Arnold, 25, of Schenectady, New York; Gary Grier, 37, of Fort Lauderdale; Joshua Mallory, 37, of Fort Lauderdale; Robert Natson, 36, of Fort Lauderdale; Terrell McDonald, 32, of Troy, New York; Tyrone Parker, Jr., 22, of Fort Lauderdale; and Tyrone Parker, 40, of Fort Lauderdale, previously pleaded guilty.

The ninth co-defendant is Cedric Lynch aka “City”, aka “C”, 37, of Orlando, Florida. He is charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft and is scheduled to stand trial in federal court in Albany on July 10, 2023. The charges in the indictment regarding Lynch are mere accusations, who it is alleged innocent unless and until found guilty.

This case is being investigated by the FBI Westchester New York Field Office Resident Agency and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of the FBI Field Offices in Albany, Miami, and Salt Lake City, and the Resident Agencies in Savannah, Georgia, and Portland, Maine, and from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine, the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office, and the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office. Additional assistance was provided by numerous law enforcement agencies, including, within New York, the New York State Police; Columbia County Sheriff’s Office; the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office; the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office; Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office; Warren County Sheriff’s Office; and the police departments of the Town of Bethlehem; Glens Falls; Gloversville; Greenburgh; Greece; and Watervliet; and elsewhere, the Connecticut State Police; Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Georgia State Patrol; Illinois State Police; Massachusetts State Police; Broward County, FL Sheriff’s Office; North York County, Pennsylvania Regional Police; Regional Police South Chester County, PA; Utah County, UT Sheriff’s Office; and the Auburn, MA Police Departments; Bath, I; Biddeford, ME; Bozeman, M.T.; Brunswick, United States; Caernarvon Township, Pennsylvania; Chester Township, Pennsylvania; Cinnaminson, NJ; Darien, CT; East Norriton Township, Pennsylvania; Easthampton, MA; Greenwich, Connecticut; Lower Moreland Township, Pennsylvania; Manheim Township, Pennsylvania; Portland, ME; Portsmouth, NH; I sack, I; Salisbury, MA; Sanford, United States; Scarborough, ME; Somersworth, NH; South Portland, ME; St. George, UT; Syracuse, UT; Tinicum, PA; Towamencin, PA; Tewksbury, MA; Wakefield, MA; Yarmouth, ME; and York, ME.

Assistant US Attorneys Matthew J. McCrobie, Michael F. Perry and Paul Tuck are prosecuting the case.