Palm Beach County Sheriffs Deputy Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Identity Theft After Moving to Withdraw His Initial Guilty Plea
A Palm Beach County Sheriffs deputy re-asserted his guilt in committing identity theft. He also admitted to providing personally identifying information to another individual. The individual used that information in an identity theft scheme.
Deputy Frantz Felisma initially pled guilty to access device fraud in connection with the identity theft scheme. He also pleaded guilty aggravated identity theft. He originally pleaded guilty on March 23, 2017.
Felisma withdrew his guilty plea. The court then set the matter for trial. He re-affirmed his guilt by pleading to the initial charges of conviction on June 29, 2017.
Felisma allegedly used his police department issued laptop computer to obtain personal information on numerous individuals. In addition, Felisma sold the information to his co-conspirator. The co-conspirator used the identities of a dozen victims to set up fake credit card accounts and bank accounts. Furthermore, the former deputy and his partner stole between $150,000 and $250,000 in the names of the victims.
Felisma faces a mandatory minimum of two years’ imprisonment. The sentence is to run consecutively to any other term of imprisonment imposed. He also faces a maximum of ten years’ imprisonment for the aggravated identity theft charge.
U.S. District Judge Middlebrooks is scheduled to sentence Felisma on August 1, 2017.
Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.
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