SPOKANE, Wash.-- A 24-year-old man was sentenced to 54 months in jail and has to pay over $60,000 in restitution.
Michael Clarke Jr. plead guilty to multiple identity theft and drug charges.
The investigation showed that from November 2011 to September 2012 Clarke and others conspired to engage in a scheme to defraud credit companies, banks, and local merchants by using stolen victims profile information. This information was used to fraudulently apply for and use unauthorized lines of credit.
Clarke and others used these fraudulent credit accounts to make purchases at stores like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Best Buy, Fred Meyer, Nordstrom's, and others, causing $60,847.03 in losses.
Arrests of co-conspirators are expected.