Man Accused of Identity Theft Appears Before Federal Judge


A Dallas area man accused of ripping off at least five people by using their names, birthdates and social security numbers is facing federal charges in Texarkana.

Jimmy Wolfe, 32, appeared for arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven Thursday morning for arraignment on a five-count indictment accusing him of stealing over $32,000 by using the names, dates of birth and social security numbers of five people during a two month period in 2012.
Wolfe faces up to 15 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each of the identity theft counts if he is convicted, according to a notice of punishment attached to Wolfe’s indictment. In addition, Wolfe could be ordered to pay double what he profited or double what the victims lost.
Wolfe’s indictment alleges he profited $32,108.75 from the identity theft. Craven appointed Texarkana lawyer Jeff Harrelson to represent Wolfe on the federal charges.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Wulff said the government is not seeking to keep Wolfe in custody. Craven released Wolfe on a $10,000 unsecured bond and restricted his travel to areas in Texas and Oklahoma, where Wolfe is currently employed.
Craven scheduled Wolfe to return to court in early December for a pretrial hearing. The case is set for jury selection Dec. 28 before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas.

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