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'Father of Identity Theft' Sentenced to 207 Months

James Jackson was convicted of mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, access device fraud, and theft of mail last year.

In September 2019, James Jackson was convicted of 13 counts of mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, access device fraud, and theft of mail. Now, Jackson has been sentenced to 207 months — just over 17 years — in federal prison.

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Jackson, described by federal prosecutors as the "father of identity theft," was convicted for a series of fraud cases in which he assumed the identities of recently deceased individuals and convinced banks to release money from their accounts or opened credit card accounts in their names. In addition to the prison sentence, the Memphis, Tenn., resident was sentenced to five years supervised release and ordered to pay more than $300,000 in restitution.

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