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Michigan Man Sentenced to 54 Months in Scheme to Acquire Cell Phones

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

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced today that Gage Davis, 37, of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for identity theft and the fraudulent use of Social Security numbers to obtain cell phones from retail outlets in Central Nebraska.  Senior United States District Judge Laurie Smith Camp sentenced Davis to 54 months’ imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After his release from prison, he will begin a three-year term of supervised release and pay restitution in the sum of $22,126.

From December 2017 through June 2018, Gage and another used stolen identifications of credit worthy individuals to purchase high-end cellphones at retail stores in Kearney, Holdrege, Norfolk, Beatrice, Columbus, Grand Island, Hastings, Ainsworth and O’Neill, Nebraska. Gage provided counterfeit driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers belonging to actual people to stores to qualify for credit. He was arrested on June 1, 2018, at the U.S. Cellular store in Ainsworth.  Counterfeit identification documents were found in his car.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General, the Nebraska States Patrol, Sheriff’s Offices of Brown County and Holt County Nebraska and the Police Departments in Lexington, Kearney, Holdrege, Norfolk, Beatrice, Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings.

Updated August 30, 2019

Identity Theft