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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 9, 2013

Omaha Man Sentenced for Wire Fraud and Weapons Possession

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Joshua Roth, age 37 of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced for wire fraud and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The Honorable Laurie Smith Camp sentenced Roth to twelve months and one day of incarceration to be followed by five years of supervised release.  He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $21,325.40.

Roth came into possession of a bank account number, user name and password of a First National Bank customer.  He used that information to open a PayPal account in that customer’s name by representing himself to be that customer.  Through that account, Roth was able to transfer money from the bank account to the PayPal account.  He additionally used that information to purchase items from Ebay and had them shipped to his house.  When officers served a search warrant at the house, they located some of the items ordered and also two firearms.  Roth had previously been convicted of a felony offense and as such, is prohibited by law from possessing firearms.

The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service.

Updated January 29, 2015