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7 accused of using inmates' IDs to steal

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February 9, 2003

TAMPA -- Seven people were indicted Friday on charges that they used federal court records to steal prisoners' identities then used their credit cards and bank accounts to steal more than $1.7-million in goods and services.

A grand jury in Tampa returned a 46-count indictment against Carl H. Alpert, 45, of Orlando; Jennifer A. Alpert, 30, of Lake Mary; Christopher L. Alpert, 20, of Nashville, Tenn.; Leslie B. Barnes, 32, of Orlando; Lawrence S. Smith, 45, of Orlando; Michael A. Buky, 24, of Lake Mary; and Jason W. Residence, 18, of Nashville.

They are charged with conspiracy to commit credit card fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud and identify theft.

The indictment alleges that between April 1999 and Friday, the defendants used the U.S. District Court's PACER system and other means to acquire credit information on 34 prisoners.

Prosecutors say the defendants identified inmates' credit cards and bank accounts and misused them. They also opened new accounts in their names.

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