From the U.S. Attorney's office:
KC MAN SENTENCED FOR COMPUTER FRAUD,
CREDIT CARD FRAUD, STEALING FATHER'S IDENTITY
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Todd P. Graves, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for computer fraud, credit card fraud and stealing his father's identity.
Michael Dennis Kinnard, 36, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to two years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Kinnard to pay $40,000 in restitution.
On March 7, 2005, Kinnard pleaded guilty to charges contained in a May 18, 2004, federal indictment. Kinnard admitted that he used the Social Security number belonging to his father between Jan. 28, 2003, and Sept. 23, 2003, with the intent to commit computer fraud.
Kinnard accessed a computer at Chase Bankcard Services on Jan. 31, 2003. This was a protected computer, Graves explained, meaning it is used by a financial institution in interstate commerce and protected under federal law from unauthorized access. Kinnard admitted that he accessed the computer in an attempt to further an intended fraud and to obtain credit cards.
Kinnard also admitted that from Feb. 4 to April 16, 2003, he used those fraudulently obtained credit cards to conduct financial transactions to receive things of an aggregate value equal to or exceeding $1,000.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Cowles. It was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Secret Service Financial Crimes Task Force.