52-year-old pleads guilty to ID theft, Social Security charges

Columbia, SC - COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - A 52-year-old man has pleaded guilty to three counts of improper use of a Social Security number and three counts of aggravated identity theft on Monday, according to U.S. Attorney William Nettles.

Investigators allege Joe Dean Alexander, 52, of Salley, SC, assumed the identity of a man from Ohio in 1998 and used his personal information three different times in 2008 to open a bank account for loan purposes. During that time, police had outstanding warrants for Alexander's arrest.

Nettles says U.S. District Judge Margaret Seymour accepted Alexander's guilty plea and will sentence the 52-year-old later in the year.

The maximum penalty Alexander can receive is five years in jail and a fine of $250,000 on each count of improper use of a Social Security number, in addition to a consecutive two years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for each aggravated identity theft count.

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