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Repeat Offender Forged Checks Totaling Nearly $30,000

August 30, 2007

RONALD LEWIS LOTT, 39, of Seattle, Washington was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to five years in prison, five years of supervised release, and $29,200 in restitution for Bank Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft. LOTT has a ten year history of fraud using stolen checks or stolen personal information. U.S. District Judge Franklin D. Burgess imposed the sentence today.

According to records filed in the case, LOTT got stolen checks or fraudulent bank checks on a variety of financial institutions. Beginning in August 2006, LOTT would then make the checks out in a variety of names, and then using fake ID’s associated with the names, he would cash the checks. In order to carry out the frauds LOTT used computers to create fake Washington State Drivers Licenses, and would apply for Costco cards in the fake names to create a second piece of fake identification. LOTT cashed the phoney checks at banks and financial institutions in Port Orchard, Silverdale and Tumwater. Some of the checks were written on the bank account of the Kalama Volunteer Fire Department. LOTT was finally arrested in October 2006, at the TwinStar Credit Union in Tumwater, Washington after a teller became suspicious and called police. LOTT attempted to run away, but was detained by officers. At a local hotel where LOTT was living, officers discovered hundreds of pieces of stolen mail, computers for making fake ID, twenty fake drivers licenses bearing LOTT’s picture and a variety of names, and 71 stolen checks including checks where information on the checks had been altered.

Assistant United States Attorney Arlen Storm asked for a significant sentence for LOTT noting this was LOTT’s fifth conviction and sentence for an offense related to the theft of others’ identities. “The protection of the public from Lott’s crimes must be the paramount concern,” Storm wrote in his sentencing memo.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department and the Tumwater Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Arlen Storm prosecuted the case as part of the United States Attorney’s Office Working Group on Identity Theft.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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