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Isanti Man Among Those Indicted By Feds For Counterfeiting

Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 7:15 am

A federal indictment handed down earlier this week alleges that three Minnesotans used stolen identification information to create counterfeit checks in an effort to obtain cash and items from financial institutions and retail outlets.

The indictment, which was filed Tuesday, charges Kari Lynn Goodman (40) of Savage, and Nathan Allen Miller (26) of Isanti, with one count of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States, one count of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. The indictment also charges Michelle Rae Schneider (35) of Minneapolis with one count of conspiracy.

The indictment was unsealed on Wednesday (Dec. 8) following Goodman’s initial appearance in federal court in the District of Minnesota.

The indictment alleges that from December of 2006 through February of 2009, the defendants conspired to commit bank fraud, identity fraud, and aggravated identity theft in order to obtain money and property.

The defendants allegedly obtained identification information from stolen mail and stolen checks, and then used that information to produce false identification and counterfeit checks. They are accused of then using the identification and counterfeit checks to purchase items from retailers.

If convicted, all three defendants face a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison on the conspiracy charge. In addition, Goodman and Miller face a potential maximum penalty of 30 years on the bank fraud charge and a mandatory minimum penalty of two years on the aggravated identity theft charge. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.

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