Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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Clearwater man gets prison in identity theft scheme

TAMPA -- A Clearwater man who pleaded guilty to charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Robert O'Neill's office said Friday.

From June 2011 to March 2012, Brian Katacinski, 49, stole mail and then used stolen identities to open fraudulent bank accounts and credit cards, which he then used, court records show. Katacinski was on supervised release for a similar 2006 scheme at the time he committed the crimes, prosecutors said.

He had pleaded guilty to federal charges on Oct. 3.

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