MAN SENTENCED FOR ILLEGALLY IMPERSONATING HIS EX-WIFE AND OPENING A LINE OF CREDIT
Ricky Vaughn Barry, 60, of Hamilton, Montana, formerly of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, was sentenced in federal court in Coeur d'Alene yesterday to one year and one day in federal prison for unauthorized use of an access device, the United States Attorney’s Office announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge fined Barry $1,000 and ordered that he be on supervised release for three years following his prison term. Barry paid $7,721 in restitution prior to the sentencing hearing, as required in the plea agreement with the government.
That plea agreement states that in May, 2008, Barry opened a line of credit in his exwife’s name and ordered a Tempur-Pedic bed and sheets. The unauthorized access device used during the transaction was the Tempur-Pedic account number opened in his ex-wife's name. Tempur-Pedic recorded telephone calls Barry made on May 30 and July 3, 2008. In those calls, Barry pretended to be his ex-wife when speaking to company representatives and placing the order. Because the bed and sheets traveled in interstate commerce when they were shipped from Utah, Barry was charged federally. Barry signed the delivery documents with his ex-wife's name at the time the merchandise was delivered. The bed and sheets were later seized by federal agents when Barry’s residence was searched pursuant to a federal search warrant.
The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service.
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