Anchorage man pleads guilty to identity theft

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft.

Donald Briscoe, 40, will serve three years in prison and has agreed to return $10,490 stolen from the federal government.

Briscoe pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Anchorage to one charge of fraud against the federal government and one charge of identity theft.

Prosecutors say Briscoe tried to get more than $250,000 from the Internal Revenue Service by stealing the identities of prisoners and dead people to file false tax returns.

Under a plea agreement, 24 other charges of fraud and 22 counts of identity theft were dropped. Briscoe agreed to a jail term of 30 to 46 months.

''The sentence will reflect the total scope of the misconduct,'' said Deborah Smith, first assistant U.S. attorney.

Briscoe had no comment after the hearing and was released under electric monitoring.

The Anchorage man filed phony W-2 Wage and Tax Statements for dead people and prisoners. The prisoners were unaware that Briscoe used their identities.

According to the indictment Briscoe filed four phony returns in 1998 and another 21 in 1999, the indictment said. In 1999, the IRS deposited $10,490.40 in Briscoe's bank account, the indictment said. Briscoe withdrew $9,800 from the account in 2000.

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