BOISE – Jordan Schoo, 34, of both Nampa and Grangeville, pleaded guilty today, Jan. 7, in United States District Court to identity theft by possession of five or more false identification documents and aggravated identity theft. Schoo was charged in an 11-count indictment filed in federal court in Boise on Aug. 14, 2013.
According to the plea agreement, Schoo admitted that on March 20, 2013, he knowingly possessed nine false and fraudulent Idaho driver’s licenses, each with his own photograph but with the identifying information of actual people, such as names, dates of birth, and driver’s license numbers. Schoo possessed a tenth false identification with a different person’s photograph. According to the plea agreement, Schoo used, and intended to use, the documents to purchase goods on credit from various businesses participating in interstate commerce, such as Best Buy.
The charge of identity theft by possession carries a maximum prison term of five years; the charge of aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory two year prison sentence, which must run consecutively to the prison term on the identity theft by possession charge.
Sentencing is set for April 1, 2014, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.
United States Attorney Wendy Olson stated that, “The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to protecting the financial security of the citizens of Idaho and will pursue identity theft offenders and holds them accountable for the extensive damage that they cause to victims.”
The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Grangeville Police Department.
More on this story in an upcoming issue of the Idaho County Free Press.