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Floridian Pleads Guilty To Identity Theft Charge

November 29 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Clearwater Beach, Fla., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of identity theft, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Robert Frank Key, Jr., 31, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Key stole the identification of Army Sergeant Joshua Munson while Munson was serving in Iraq.  Key then used it to open credit card accounts and create a false Illinois State drivers license.

Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for April 20, 2012.  The law provides for a total sentence of 15 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Gregory C. Melucci is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Key.

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