Sallisaw Man Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud, Identity Theft and Counterfeiting
Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that CHRISTOPHER JACOB FROEHLICH, age 28, of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, pled guilty to three counts of Wire Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1343, two counts of AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A(a)(1) and one count of UTTERING A COUNTERFEIT SECURITY WITH INTENT TO DECEIVE, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 513(a).
The charges arose from an investigation by the United States Postal Inspector and the United States Secret Service.
The Indictment, filed on September 10, 2014, alleged that from December 25, 2013 to March 24, 2014, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendant devised a scheme and artifice to defraud and to obtain money and property by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations and promises. It was part of the scheme that the defendant used his computer to create fraudulent accounts at various financial institutions. The defendant created these fraudulent accounts using the identities of other persons without their permission. The defendant also created and uttered counterfeit checks.
The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, accepted the defendant’s guilty pleas, and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled upon its completion. The defendant remains in the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.
Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wilson represented the United States.