North Idaho Man Sentenced for Passport Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft
COEUR D’ALENE – Kevin John Weinreis, 50, of Tensed, Idaho was sentenced yesterday for making a false statement in a passport application and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced Weinreis to 26 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Weinreis pleaded guilty on July 28, 2016.
According to the plea agreement, in November 2014, Weinreis falsely used the name and identifying information of another person to obtain a United States passport bearing his photograph. In January 2016, law enforcement became aware of this passport fraud. A Deputy United States Marshal and a Benewah County Sheriff’s Deputy went to Weinreis’ Tensed residence and interviewed him. Weinreis denied his true identity and was arrested. He later admitted who he was after being fingerprinted.
The case was investigated by the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service, the United States Marshal’s Service, and the Benewah County Sheriff’s Office.