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Las Vegas man sentenced for stealing elderly man's identity

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Posted at 3:04 PM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 18:04:44-04

A Las Vegas man who used an elderly person’s identity to steal nearly $30,000, was sentenced yesterday to three years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada.

Dennis William Moncrief, 55, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan to three years and one day in prison followed by one year of supervised release. Judge Mahan also ordered Moncrief to pay restitution in the amount of $28,034.83.

In August 2017, Moncrief was serving a term of supervised release imposed after his conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Based on Moncrief’s admission that he violated the terms of his release, U.S. District Court Judge Andre P. Gordon revoked Moncrief’s release, imposed a 13-month sentence, and ordered Moncrief to self-surrender to the Bureau of Prisons at a later date to serve that sentence.

According to his plea agreement in this case, prior to his self-surrender date, in October 2017, Moncrief stole the identity of a 79-year old victim to fraudulently obtain credit cards in her name and used those cards to cause more than $28,000 in loss. When it came time for Moncrief to serve his revocation sentence as ordered by Judge Gordon, he intentionally failed to surrender to federal authorities.

In February 2019, Moncrief pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of failure to surrender for service of sentence.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Lopez prosecuted the case.