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Local Technology Consultant Arrested for Fraud And Identity Theft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2012

Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the arrest and unsealing of a federal complaint charging Michael Albert Morton (37, Tampa) with identity theft, and bank, wire, and mail fraud. If convicted, Morton faces a maximum penalty of 2 years in federal prison for identity theft; 30 years for bank fraud; and 10 years each for wire and mail fraud.

According to the complaint, Morton, a local information technology (IT) consultant, applied online for at least 64 credit cards, using at least 39 different identities. The losses to the credit card companies are in excess of $100,000.

A criminal complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by United States Postal Inspection Service and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelley C. Howard-Allen.

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