A Louisiana man who bought a $51,000 recreational trailer in Billings using stolen identity will spend more than three years in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull on Wednesday sentenced Harry Peter Joline, 38, of Slidell, La., for misusing a Social Security number and aggravated identity theft. He ordered $51,644 restitution. The judge noted that Joline's criminal record took up nine pages of a pre-sentence report and included 15 misdemeanor bad-check convictions as well as other convictions, pending charges or warrants in three other states.
Cebull sentenced Joline at the top of the range, saying his record shows "an utter disrespect for the law." Joline received 16 months for misusing a Social Security number and a mandatory consecutive two years for the identity theft count.
Prosecutor Kurt Alme said Joline stole the Social Security number and other personal information from a man he was staying with in Colorado in June 2005 and used it to get a Wyoming driver's license. Joline then bought a fifth-wheel trailer from Pierce RV Center for $51,644 and financed it using the Colorado man's identification information. He gave Pierce the Wyoming driver's license.
No payments were made on the loan. The trailer turned up at an RV park in Florida, disappeared, and then was located in Louisiana.