Gainesville Man Goes to Prison for Stealing Soldier's Identity
GAINESVILLE, Florida — A former Gainesville resident will spend five years in prison for stealing the identity of a U.S. soldier fighting in Iraq.
U.S. Attorney Pamela Marsh announced that 51-year-old Donald Lee Phelps was sentenced for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Phelps moved in Gainesville in January 2005 and used the soldier's identity to get a job and open bank accounts and credit card accounts.
Phelps had been sought by the FBI since fleeing Gainesville at the end of 2006. He was arrested in Alabama but had been living in Texas under another name.
Marsh's office said he was being sought by authorities in three other states for probation violations.
Phelps has been ordered to pay nearly $69,000 to victims of his fraud.
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