The brother of accused cocaine trafficker James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond received a 12-year prison sentence for running his own cocaine trafficking operation Wednesday (October 5).
Kesner Rosemond, 50, had already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
Prosecutors say that in addition to helping his brother deal drugs in a separate operation, Kesner had set up a "side business" that competed with Jimmy's. Kesner cut side deals with suppliers and came up with a plan to distribute his cocaine nationwide using fake Fed Ex accounts according to the New York Post.
He obtained the identities of people and their personal financial and biographical information from loan applications they had submitted to a New York car dealership.
Then Kesner Rosemond opened Federal Express accounts in their names, and later shipped drugs from Los Angeles to New York City using FedEx packages sent "in the names of these innocent individuals," Kaminsky told the judge at a Brooklyn federal hearing last month.
The "seriousness" of this tactic is particularly disturbing, given that it "not only resulted in their being victims of identity theft, but also had the horrifying potential of exposing them to interrogation or arrest if a package shipped under an account bearing their personal information had been intercepted by law enforcement," the prosecutor wrote in court documents.
During an August 2010 search of Kesner Rosemond's home in Georgia, Drug Enforcement Administration agents found loan applications from the unnamed auto dealership in New York, prosecutors say.
His younger brother, hip-hop music promoter James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond, faces charges in New York that he used his music business as cover for his bi-coastal cocaine trafficking ring.
Federal prosecutors have indicted him on money laundering and obstruction of charges - as well as an additional charge that he ran a criminal enterprise while smuggling kilos of cocaine in music industry equipment packing cases from Los Angeles to New York.