|June 12, 2009
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TALLAHASSEE, FL – Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced a Palm Beach County man was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to various charges of criminal fraud, including identity theft, grand theft, and insurance fraud. William V. Pasiecki was also ordered to pay restitution to his victims and reimbursement to the state for the costs of the investigation and prosecution. Pasiecki was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.
An investigation was initiated after the Broward County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of criminal identity theft. The South Carolina victim reported that someone in Florida was using his personal identification information obtain credit cards from at least 10 different credit card companies. As a result of the identity theft, the victim was denied credit on at least one occasion and endured repeated collections efforts until he could clear up his name.
Subsequent investigation revealed Pasiecki, a 17-year fugitive from federal prison, was using the victim’s identity as well as the identities of 11 other people, which he used to obtain thousands of dollars in loans and credit. Pasiecki, 67, was arrested in July 2007 and was charged with one count of first-degree organized scheme to defraud, one count of second-degree grand theft, two counts of criminal use of personal identification information, three counts of unauthorized use of a driver’s license, and four counts of filing false insurance claims.
Pasiecki was sentenced yesterday in Broward County Circuit Court by the Honorable Cynthia Imperato. His previous conviction and prison sentence, from which he had absconded, was for trafficking cocaine. In addition to his new sentence, Pasiecki will serve three years of probation upon release and must pay approximately $94,000 in restitution plus reimbursement to the state as a condition of his probation.