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Vaiden man going to prison for identity theft of 40 people

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A Vaiden man will spend time behind bars for aggravated identity theft and possessing fraudulent documents.

38-year-old Marcus Brown pleaded guilty in August to possession of fraudulent identification documents with intent to use them in criminal activities and aggravated identity theft.

Court records show that Brown was caught with the actual identification documents of approximately 40 individuals who lived in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.

Brown will serve six years in federal prison, followed by three years of court-supervised release.

The court had previously ordered Brown into custody after he attempted to escape the custody of state authorities.

“In this case, the lives of dozens of innocent citizens have been damaged and disrupted by the acts of one dishonest individual who sought to unjustly enrich himself at their expense,” U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner said. “We applaud the sentence and the work by officers and investigators who brought this fraudulent conduct to light.”

The United States Secret Service and Winona Police Department investigated the case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul D. Roberts.

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