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Man sentenced to prison time and fined for identity theft

Crimes that involve computers, the internet or personal privacy issues are taken very seriously by local authorities and federal officials. In one South Carolina internet crimes case, the United States Secret Services conducted the investigation.

In this case, a 38-year-old man from Marion, South Carolina, was prosecuted for alleged identity theft. According to officials, the man supposedly used other people's names and credit cards to carry out online activity. These activities allegedly included opening credit cards, getting money from other people's bank accounts and using other people's names to open adult content chat room accounts. Prosecutors also accused the man of having goods he purchased online with other people's credit cards send to his home address.

This alleged internet activity, and subsequent federal investigation, led to the federal criminal charges of aggravated identity theft and wire fraud. After he was found guilty of these crimes, this man, like all charged with internet crimes, faced serious penalties.

Recently, this man was sentenced on these charges. He must pay $11,959 in restitution to the alleged victims. Furthermore, he was sentenced to serve almost four years in federal prison. After his prison term is up, the man then faces supervised release for three years.

Those South Carolina citizens who have been charged with internet or computer crimes similar to those supposedly committed here should not sit back and just wait for punishment. With the right guidance, those charged with these crimes can negotiate agreements with federal prosecutors.

These plea agreements can offer the possibility of reduced sentences. Some people may even be able to avoid jail or prison time altogether. Furthermore, a negotiated plea agreement can often present a quicker resolution to the criminal proceedings.

Source: SCNOW, "Marion man sentenced for wire fraud, identity theft," July 16, 2012

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