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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 22, 2013

Georgia Man, Kaleb Deakle, Sentenced For Defrauding Car Dealership

KALEB DEAKLE, age 24, a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced in federal court today before U.S. District Court Judge Jane Triche Milazzo, to 24 months incarceration, announced U. S. Attorney Dana Boente.  In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Milazzo ordered DEAKLE to pay $132,093.83 in restitution.   DEAKLE pled guilty to wire fraud on April 16, 2013.

According to court documents, DEAKLE previously resided in New Orleans and gained access to the bank account of the management company where he had leased a condominium. DEAKLE used his computer to negotiate the online sale of a 2012 Land Rover Sport. After a series of emails with the salesman, DEAKLE arrived at Land Rover of New Orleans with a check purportedly from the management company. The check was counterfeit and written out for the total purchase price. DEAKLE led the dealership to believe that he was employed by Apple, Inc., that the check was legitimate, and took possession of the vehicle.

The case was investigated by the Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Jon Maestri.