Anchorage Man convicted of identity theft sentenced to 54 months in prison
Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that an Anchorage man was sentenced for uttering and possessing counterfeited securities, unlawful production of false identification documents, unlawful possession of five or more false identification documents, illegal transactions with an access device, possession of stolen mail, and being a felon in possession of a weapon.
Michael Duane Rogers, 43, of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason to 54 months in prison. Rogers was ordered to pay $142,855.06 in restitution.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Retta Randall, who prosecuted the case, the indictment indicated that beginning in late 2007 and continuing through 2009, Rogers engaged in the unlawful production of counterfeit checks and false identification documents, specifically United States military identification cards and Alaska State driver’s licenses. By using the false identification documents, Rogers defrauded several area businesses by purchasing merchandise and services with the counterfeit checks. He also defrauded businesses by using stolen checks and stolen access devices. The indictment further indicated that Rogers also possessed mail stolen from the United States mail. A previously convicted felon, Rogers was also charged with being in possession of a firearm illegally.
Judge Gleason discussed the egregiousness of Rogers’s acts and the impact on his 188 victims. The financial harm was significant in itself, but many of his victims, who lived paycheck to paycheck, were harmed by the resulting over-draft fees and late payment fees which impacted not only their bank accounts, but potentially their credit ratings.
Ms. Loeffler commends the Anchorage Police Department and the United States Postal Inspection Service for the investigation of this case.