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Plymouth Resident Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Michigan
A Plymouth man who impersonated a West Point graduate pleaded guilty today to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today. McQuade was joined in the announcement by Acting Special Agent in Charge John Shoup, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Detroit Division. William Douglas Street, 64, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain. Street pleaded guilty to devising and executing a scheme to impersonate a United States Military Academy and Duke University graduate. Street requested transcripts and diplomas in the victim’s name from both institutions using the United States mail. In order to complete these requests, he used identifying information, including the victim’s social security number, date of birth and place of birth. He signed the victim’s name to the request forms. As a result of Street’s actions, the United States Military Academy and Duke University sent the defendant the victim’s transcripts and diplomas. Street created an email account using the victim’s name. He also set up a profile on Career Builder and applied for jobs using a resume he created in the victim’s name. In February 2015, law enforcement officers recovered transcripts, diplomas and various other items in the victim’s name at Street’s residence in Plymouth, Michigan. Street entered into a plea agreement that calls for a sentence of 28-34 months in prison. A sentencing hearing was set for January 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm. This case was investigated by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Plymouth Township Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney April Russo.
Updated September 24, 2015

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