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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


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MARCH 4, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


BLUE SPRINGS MAN SENTENCED FOR IDENTITY THEFT;

SOLDIER STATIONED IN KUWAIT AMONG VICTIMS


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Blue Springs, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for stealing the identity of an Army major who was stationed in Kuwait.


            Richard Stanley, 34, of Blue Springs, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this afternoon to one year and six months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Stanley to pay $36,475 in restitution to several victims and to forfeit to the government three laptop computers, seven cell phones, 27 computer hard drives, and 96 American Cash Advance cards and assorted credit cards in other people’s names, financial documents in other people’s names and a birth certificate in another person’s name.


            On Sept. 13, 2007, Stanley pleaded guilty to identity theft. Stanley admitted that he obtained identity information of other people by searching through trash dumpsters, then opening credit card accounts (usually by applications submitted over the Internet), which were used to make purchases and ATM withdrawals.


            Victims who had charges made to accounts in their names included more than 10 people but less than 50 people. The total sustained loss was at least $36,475. Among the identity theft victims is an Army major who was stationed in Kuwait at the time of the offense. Stanley admitted that he made at least six purchases on a credit card in that victim’s name, totaling $1,822.


            This case is being prosecuted by Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel M. Nelson. It was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.


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