US Attorney – Tuscon Man Sentenced to Three Years For Identity Theft and Fraud

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Michael De La Rosa, 24, of Tucson, was sentenced to three years in federal prison yesterday by U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson. On April 22, 2009, De La Rosa pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated identity theft, access device fraud and bank fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

De La Rosa was sentenced to two years in prison on the aggravated identity theft count and one year on the conspiracy count to run consecutively. De La Rosa was also ordered to forfeit two big screen televisions purchased with stolen funds and to pay restitution of $62,443.32 during his three year term of supervised release.

“Identity theft is a growing problem that victimizes people and businesses in every community from major cities to small towns,” said U.S. Attorney Diane J. Humetewa. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office remains committed to combating all forms of identity theft, through partnerships with investigative agencies and using prosecutorial resources to bring identity thieves to justice.”

“De La Rosa and his co-conspirators probably did not realize the use of the U.S. Mail in their identity theft scheme would lead Postal Inspectors right to their doorsteps,” said Phoenix Division Inspector in Charge Pete Zegarac, of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. “The mail system is not for criminal misuse – those who choose to take that chance will be brought to justice.”

De La Rosa was employed as a salesman by Arizona Honda in Tucson. His duties gave him and his co-conspirators access to credit applications completed by customers who were interested in purchasing vehicles from the dealership. Information provided by customers on the credit applications included their name, date of birth, and social security number.

De La Rosa and his co-conspirators used the personal identifying information from credit applications filled out by prospective customers at Arizona Honda to unlawfully apply for and obtain credit cards issued in the names of these individuals. De La Rosa and his co-conspirators then used the fraudulently issued credit cards to make purchases from merchants in and around Tucson, Arizona.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service with assistance from the Tucson Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Eric Markovich, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Tucson.

CASE NUMBER: CR-07-1626-TUC-CKJ

RELEASE NUMBER: 2009-224(De La Rosa)

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