Florida Man Sentenced In Identity Theft Scheme Using Inmate and Lexis Customer Information

A St. Lucie County resident was sentenced to 70 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Patrick J. Ward previously pled guilty to one count of possessing fifteen or more access devices and one count of aggravated identity theft.

According to court documents, during a search warrant of Ward’s residence, law enforcement recovered two notebooks, 4 apartment applications, 55 Lexis automobile printouts, and 43 printouts of inmate information from the Florida Department of Corrections that contained a total of 572 other individuals’ names and social security numbers. Ward purchased the notebooks for $200, and obtained the Lexis customer information printouts from an employee who worked at Lexis on US l in Fort Pierce. Ward paid the Lexis employee about $80 worth of oxycodone pills for the printouts that she accessed and printed from a work computer located at her office.

According to court documents, a cell mate of Ward’s was interested in buying any social security numbers that Ward could come across to be used to prepare false tax returns. Ward admitted that he bought all the notebooks and papers to resell for profit.

SOURCE: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida

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