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Man Sentenced to Year in Prison for Fraudulent Passport

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

MADISON, WIS. - Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that William Guy, 51, formerly of Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William Peterson to one year in prison for fraudulently obtaining a passport.  Guy pleaded guilty to this charge on August 22, 2019.

Guy was arrested in Austria in April 2018 on federal charges of fraudulently obtaining a passport, and on numerous state charges.  At the time of his arrest, he had been a fugitive for more than seven years, and was on the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service’s most wanted list.  Guy fought extradition from Austria for almost a year, before being surrendered to the United States.

In declining to give Guy credit for the time he served in Austria, Judge Peterson said he didn’t think it was so closely related to his federal charges that he should receive credit for it.  Judge Peterson also said the reason Guy fled, to avoid prosecution on state criminal charges, was particularly aggravating. 

In addition to the federal charge, Guy still faces charges of possessing child pornography, stalking resulting in bodily harm, false imprisonment, identity theft, victim intimidation, second degree sexual assault, kidnapping, bail jumping, and numerous other charges in Dane County Circuit Court.

The charge against Guy was the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service – Chicago Field Office, the U.S. Marshals Service, FBI Legal Attaché – US Embassy Vienna, and the Madison Police Department.  The prosecution of the federal case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.  The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs of the Department’s Criminal Division provided significant assistance.  The prosecution of the state charges has been handled by Assistant District Attorneys Matthew Moeser and William Brown. 

Updated October 31, 2019