Repeat Offender Sentenced To Six And A Half Years For Bank Fraud
Tampa, Florida - U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Brian Katacinski (49, Clearwater) to 6 and one half years in federal prison for bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, and violation of supervised release. As part of his sentence, the court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $22,873.10, the proceeds of the criminal scheme. Katacinski pleaded guilty on October 3, 2012.
According to court documents, Katacinski engaged in mail theft and identity theft from June 2011 to March 14, 2012. He then used the stolen identities to open fraudulent bank accounts and credit cards, which he then used to purchase goods for himself. At the time Katacinski committed these crimes, he was on supervised release for a similar scheme in which he engaged during 2006. Katacinski absconded from supervised release in 2010, and his whereabouts were unknown until the time of his arrest for the current offenses.
This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the St. Petersburg Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sara C. Sweeney.