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Idaho identity thief who went on shopping spree sentenced to 39 months

BOISE, Idaho – An Idaho man was sentenced Tuesday to 39 months in prison for aggravated identity theft and possessing multiple false identification documents, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Grangeville police.

Jordan Schoo, 34, who resided in both Nampa and Grangeville, pleaded guilty to the charge last March. According to court records, Schoo admitted he knowingly possessed counterfeit Idaho driver's licenses, which he used to purchase goods on credit. Schoo was caught with nine fake ID's emblazoned with his photo and the stolen personal information of others.

Prosecutors say Schoo stole the identity of a former roommate and obtained some of the other identities through his mother's business. Schoo took out credit cards in the names of various victims and purchased consumer goods, including a big screen TV and a car audio and security system, from local and online retailers such as Best Buy.

In a statement, U.S. Attorney Wendy Olsen commended the investigators' efforts and expressed her office's commitment to protecting Idahoans from identity theft. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Idaho.