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September 15, 2009

Identity thief sentenced to 111 months in prison

A Maryland man who pled guilty to identity theft was sentenced yesterday to 111 months in prison.  Charles H. Belim pled guilty to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.  Belim was allegedly the mastermind behind pickpockets who stole personal documents from victims and other co-conspirators (including his wife) who would dress up in wigs and glasses to impersonate the identity theft victims and allow them to withdraw cash from the victims' accounts. 

Belim's scheme involved more than 50 victims and netted between $70,000 and $120,000 in stolen funds.  United States District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Belim to pay restitution of $72,600 and to serve 111 months (9 1/4 years) behind bars. 

No word yet whether his fellow inmates will make him dress up in his wigs and glasses for their "entertainment".

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