Michigan man sentenced to prison for identity theft

February 2nd, 2010 - 4:04 pm ICT by BNO News  

DETROIT (BNO NEWS) – A Detroit, Michigan man on Monday was sentenced to prison for his connection to an identity theft scheme involving approximately 40 financial accounts, prosecutors announced.

Martel T. Kirkland, 53, was sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment for conspiracy, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, credit card fraud, wire fraud, uttering a forged security, and aiding and abetting, in connection with an identity theft scheme.

Kirkland engaged in the scheme with co-defendants Jay Cohen and Robert Fox, both of Philadelphia, who pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. As part of the scheme, the defendants paid various personal expenses with stolen credit card numbers and bank account information obtained by Kirkland.

Fox paid Kirkland a cash fee, usually 50 percent of the amount of the expenses paid. The transactions in the conspiracy amounted to more than $220,000, most of which were reversed.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

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