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MAN WHO DEFRAUDED BANKS ACROSS TWO STATES SENTENCED TO TEN YEAR PRISON TERM
ID Thief Used Fake Identification to Make Cash Withdrawals From Customer Accounts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2009

KRISTOFER CARL JENSEN, 34, of Federal Way, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to ten years in prison and four years of supervised release for Bank Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft. Because JENSEN has already served six months on related charges in the state of Oregon, his total federal custody time will be 114 months. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman said she would recommend that he undergo drug treatment while in custody, noting that JENSEN has a significant methamphetamine addiction. Meth addicts “are generally cowards...” Judge Pechman told JENSEN. “They take the victim’s identity and steal from them in a cowardly way.... they never have to confront their victims.”

According to records filed in the case, between January 2007, and March 2008, JENSEN used bank account numbers taken from stolen mail and fake identification to steal from multiple bank accounts. JENSEN created fake IDs in the victim’s name, but bearing his photo. Using the account numbers and fake ID he would make cash withdrawals. On August 29, 2007, JENSEN went into five different Washington Mutual branches and withdrew $11,500 from one victim’s account. During the month of March 2007, he made 15 different withdrawals from one victim’s account at the same BECU branch in Auburn, Washington. When banks in Washington were alerted to be on the lookout for JENSEN, he took the scheme to Oregon, where he raided a victim account of $14,000 at First Tech Credit Union. In all he withdrew more than $200,000 from the accounts of 40 different victims. Finally, a suspicious teller at an Oregon bank, noted the car JENSEN was driving and he was later tracked down and arrested by police.

After JENSEN’s arrest, the case was consolidated in federal court because JENSEN faced charges in Snohomish, King and Pierce County Superior Courts, as well as Washington County, Oregon. A hearing to determine how much restitution JENSEN owes will be held at a later date.

In asking for the lengthy sentence, Assistant United States Attorney Roger Rogoff noted that the public needs to be protected from JENSEN. “His behavior was sophisticated, mobile and effective, allowing him to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from innocent victims,” Mr. Rogoff wrote in his sentencing memo.

The case was investigated by multiple local law enforcement agencies and the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). Federal prosecutors commended the “open, transparent and real” cooperation among the various county and federal prosecutors, which led to effective collaboration on the case and the final resolution.

The federal case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger Rogoff.

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

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