Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Security Guard With Top Secret Clearance Among 4 People Convicted On Identity Theft Charges

A former security officer for a US government contractor was among four people sentenced in federal court in Raleigh on Monday on identity theft charges. US Attorney George Holding announced Xavier Vidal Jennette, 33, of Washington , D.C. was sentenced to 10 years and 1 month in prison. Last fall, Jennette was convicted on conspiracy, fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Jennette reportedly stole personal identification information from over 120 employees of contractors who provided software services to various military and government agencies of the US Government. Jennette used his “top secret” security clearance to obtain the information when he left his employment with the contractor in 2004. Jennette, along with three others, Anthony Wallace of Raleigh, Aiseha Horton of Raleigh, and Lenette Salder, of Washington, NC, impersonated Jennette’s former colleagues, obtained cell phones, TV’s, videogame systems, iPod music players, chainsaws, and other merchandise, then sold them items. Many of the products were bought using “instant credit” accounts with the stolen ID’s. Wallace was sentenced to 34 months in federal prison, Horton to 17 months, and Sadler to 7 months. The US Secret Service was the lead investigator in the case.


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