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Clearwater man sentenced for identity theft

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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 07:14 PM

A Clearwater man has been sentenced to six and a half years in federal prison for aggravated identity theft and other crimes, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill.

Brian Katacinski, 49, Clearwater, who was convicted Oct. 3, also was sentenced Friday for bank fraud and violation of supervised release, the release said.  He was ordered to repay $22,873.10, what he earned from the scheme.

Katacinski engaged in mail theft and identity theft from June 2011 to March 14, the release said. He used the stolen identities to open fraudulent bank accounts and credit cards, which he then used to go shopping, the release said.

He ran the scheme while on supervised release for a similar operation in 2006, according to the release.  Katacinski fled supervised release in 2010, and was missing until this arrest.

The Postal Inspection Service and St. Petersburg Police Department investigated this case, the release said.

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