‘Outrageous’ identity thief must pay back nearly $18K

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids man who allegedly broke into a home and used its phone to open a credit card in the victim’s name is going to prison.

A federal judge recently sentenced 39-year-old Kahwahnas Nucumbhi Potts to nine years in prison for aggravated identity theft and credit card fraud.

The judge said it was “outrageous” that Potts impersonated the victim whose home he broke into in a call to the credit card company.

The attorney’s office says Potts used that credit card to withdraw more than $16,000 from ATMs between December 2015 and January 2016. His car had a stolen license plate on it during the withdrawals, which he did while wearing a mask and gloves, according to the attorney’s office.

Authorities say Potts posed as the victim several times to persuade the credit card company to lift a freeze on the credit card when his transactions raised red flags.

Additionally, authorities say Potts stole mail in West Michigan from at least March 2015 until April 2016 and used personal information from that mail to apply for credit cards in the victims’ names, which he had mailed to an address he created on Division Avenue.

As part of his punishment, Potts must also pay back nearly $18,000 to his victims. He was previously sentenced to two years in federal prison on a charge of identity theft.

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