ID thief sentenced to four years in prison

Apr 6, 2012, 11:01 AM | Updated: Apr 7, 2012, 8:13 pm

An identity thief who victimized over a dozen
people, including four Kirkland police officers, has been
sentenced to over four years in prison.

U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour sided with
prosecutors Friday in giving the maximum possible sentence
to 38-year-old Philip Gordon Dosskey.

Prosecutors say Dosskey used information gleaned from
stolen mail and the Internet to create fake drivers’
licenses and access credit accounts. He rang up thousands
of dollars in charges, buying everything from computers
and iPods to tools and jewelry at retailers, including
Nordstrom.

Prosecutors say Dosskey was arrested several times prior
for identity theft, but always returned to the crimes as
soon as he was released, “in order to support his
methamphetamine habit and what he describes as the ‘easy
life’.”

He even taunted officials after his last arrest in April
2011. While he was free on bail awaiting trial, he
continued his crimes and posted “catch me if u can” on his
My Space page.

The judge also ordered Dosskey to pay over $65,000 in
restitution to his victims and remain on probation
for five years after his release.

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ID thief sentenced to four years in prison