Couple going to prison for ID theft

January 23, 2009 12:30:24 PM PST
A Garland man and woman are going to prison over identity theft involving people or banks in Texas, Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina. The U.S. Attorney's Office on Friday announced 66-year-old Levander Carlton McLean must serve five years in federal prison. His 45-year-old wife, Rita Murphy McLean, was sentenced Thursday to 51 months.

The couple also must make nearly $209,000 in restitution.

The McLeans in September were convicted of conspiracy to unlawfully use identification documents. Their nephew, Robert McAllister, worked for the Texas Department of Public Safety as a driver's license technician.

Prosecutors say McAllister in 2006 pleaded guilty to unlawful production of an ID document. McAllister was sentenced to four years probation, ordered to do 100 hours of community service and was fined $1,000.

DPS spokesman Tom Vinger says McAllister resigned in 2004.

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