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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Brisco Sentenced For Aggravated Identity Theft


Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Master Dalas Brisco, aka Paula D. Ike, age 57, from Hinesville, Georgia, was sentenced on November 20, 2014, by the Honorable C. Ashley Royal, Chief United States District Judge, in Macon, Georgia to serve four years in prison following his earlier plea of guilty to aggravated identity theft.

The investigation in this case revealed that Mr. Brisco diverted the victim’s mail from California to his Post Office boxes in Georgia and took over various bank accounts, appropriating funds from them by presenting to the bank a signed fraudulent court order.  In addition, Mr. Brisco presented a fraudulent letter, purported to be from the victim’s physician, to the Social Security Administration and made himself the representative payee for the victim’s Social Security benefits.  Mr. Brisco admitted that the total intended loss to the victim was $36,320.90.  The entire stipulated facts of the case can be found in the attached Plea Agreement.

US Attorney Moore noted that the prosecution of identity theft cases remains a high priority for his office and praised the good work of the Postal Inspector’s Office and the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General.  He reiterated that by working together, we better serve the interests of the American people.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office and the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Graham A. Thorpe handled the prosecution for the United States.            

Inquiries regarding the case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey at the United States Attorney’s Office (478/621-2603).


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Updated February 19, 2015