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Sallisaw Man Sentenced To 52 Months, $4,800 Restitution For Wire Fraud, Uttering A Counterfeiting Security And Identity Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that CHRISTOPHER JACOB FROEHLICH, age 29, of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 28 months imprisonment on three counts of Wire Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1343 and one count of UTTERING A COUNTERFEIT SECURITY WITH INTENT TO DECEIVE, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 513(a).  FROEHLICH was also sentenced to 24 months on two counts of AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A(a)(1) which were ordered to run consecutive to the other charges.  The defendant was ordered to pay $4,851 restitution.

The charges arose from an investigation by the United States Postal Inspector and the United States Secret Service.  The defendant was indicted in September, 2014.

The Indictment 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 James H. Payne, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over the hearing.  The defendant remains in the custody of the United States Marshal pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which he will serve his nonparolable sentence.

Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wilson represented the United States.

Updated February 4, 2016

Financial Fraud
Identity Theft