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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Lehigh Acres Man Sentenced For Theft Of Government Money And Identity Theft Crimes

Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge John E. Steele has sentenced Kenneth R. Jackson, Jr. (42, Lehigh Acres) to six years and three months in federal prison for identity theft, conversion of government property, aggravated identity theft, passing a forged treasury check, and access device (credit card) fraud. As part of his sentence, the court also entered a money judgment of $71,931.87, the proceeds obtained from the charged criminal conduct. Jackson was also ordered to pay $99,230.90 in restitution to three banks.

Jackson had been found guilty by a jury on December 21, 2018.

According to testimony and evidence presented during the five-day trial, Jackson operated a business that allowed him full access to credit reports. He used his business to unlawfully obtain credit reports on his victims and opened fraudulent online bank accounts in their names. Jackson then deposited approximately $115,000 in stolen U.S. Treasury tax refund checks into the fraudulent accounts. He used associates to launder the money or directly withdrew cash from ATMs at the banks.

“We have come a long way in combatting the scourge of identity theft in Florida,” stated Special Agent in Charge Mary Hammond of IRS Criminal Investigation. “Today’s sentencing should pose as yet another warning to would-be crooks that stealing someone’s identity is a serious crime that IRS Criminal Investigation will not tolerate. We will continue to work together with our law enforcement partners to track down identity thieves. We will continue to fight for the victims. We will continue to put offenders behind bars.”   

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey F. Michelland.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
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Updated April 12, 2019