Taking another person's identification information and using it to make purchases or otherwise seek personal financial gain violates federal law. A man in Florida recently pleaded guilty to this type of white collar crime. He is said to have defrauded more than one person.
In a U.S. District Court on a recent Friday, he entered a guilty plea regarding charges of identity theft and fraud. The incidents involved stolen credit and debit cards. The rightful owners of the cards are said to reside in New Hampshire and Maine.
The 28-year-old man now faces up to a decade behind bars. He may also be ordered to pay a $250,000 fine. These possible penalties are in addition to a mandatory minimum of two years in prison and full recovery paid to the people whose cards were stolen. An experienced and aggressive defense attorney is often able to minimize penalties that may be associated with a federal conviction. Every situation is different, which is why it is always advisable to seek guidance so that options that may pertain to a particular circumstance may be considered.
Earlier in July 2016, another man pleaded guilty to the same charges. The unauthorized purchases he made reportedly amounted to $51,000. Authorities say the Florida men embossed fake cards with a false name, but actually used real account numbers that belonged to the people in the other states. Federal, local and state officials combined efforts to investigate the white collar crime situation. Both men are now awaiting their sentencing hearings.
Source: unionleader.com, "Florida man pleads guilty to identity theft of people in Maine, NH", Aug. 6, 2016