Man Pleads Guilty in $30K Identity Theft Scheme

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

(WIBW) - A Kansas City, Kansas man pleaded guilty to stealing more than $30,000 by stealing people's identities.

45-year old Robert Leroy Maxwell pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated identity theft and one count of mail theft.

Authorities say he and a co-defendant, Marcella Diane Machado, stole checks and drivers license from vehicles and mailboxes then tried to cash the checks.

In his plea, Maxwell admitted that when he was arrested Jan. 21, 2009, at the Argosy Casino in Kansas City, Mo, he was carrying stolen driver’s licenses, Social Security cards and credit cards. From Dec. 8, 2008, through Jan. 21, 2009, he and Machado conspired to defraud the First National Bank of Olathe, First Legends State Bank, Intrust Bank, Mid-America Bank and First State Bank and Trust of Perry, Kan., by stealing checks and using stolen identities to cash the checks.

In one instance, Maxwell used a driver’s license and checks from a man whose car was stolen at a gas station in Overland Park to try to cash a check at the Hen House in Kansas City, Kan. In another case, he used a stolen driver’s license and stolen checks to attempt to cash a check at a Price Chopper store in Kansas City, Kan. In another case, he possessed a check drawn on an excavating company that was stolen from a mail box in Oskaloosa, Kan.

Maxwell is set for sentencing June 21, 2010. Machado is set for sentencing June 1, 2010. They face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the conspiracy charge; a mandatory two years consecutive to other sentences on the identity theft charge; and a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the stolen mail charge.


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