CLEARWATER — A couple were sentenced to federal prison this month for living under assumed identities in Clearwater for years, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.
In October 2001, Paul M. Lutz, 44, and his wife, Michelle M. Lutz, 36, were arrested in California on drug and weapon violation charges.
They later fled California, assumed new identities and moved to Nevada. In 2008, they moved to Clearwater, where the couple had a son, officials said.
Last May, Michelle Lutz, who worked as an exotic dancer, applied for a passport with her assumed identity. During the application process, officials determined that the information she provided was false. Authorities later discovered the Lutzes were wanted in California.
In March, investigators searched their home and found several blank documents, including school diplomas, baptism records and marriage licenses, as well as official stamps and seals and a book on how to create a new identity, officials said.
Both were convicted of aggravated identity theft. Paul Lutz was also convicted of misuse of a passport. He was sentenced to two years and eight months in federal prison.
His wife was sentenced to two years in federal prison.