An Anchorage man is facing 36 federal charges, including aggravated identity theft, in a case involving more than $150,000 in losses to individuals and businesses he allegedly defrauded.
Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis announced 43-year-old Michael Duane Rogers’ indictment by a grand jury Wednesday. In addition to identity theft, the charges against Rogers include 31 counts of uttering and possessing counterfeited securities, unlawful production of false identification documents, unlawful possession of five or more false identification documents, illegal transactions with an access device and possession of stolen mail.
Rogers allegedly created fake documents for nearly two years, from late 2007 until mid-2009, which federal authorities say he then used to make fraudulent purchases.
“According to the indictment…Rogers engaged in the unlawful production of counterfeit checks and false identification documents, specifically United States military identification cards and Alaska State drivers licenses,” officials wrote in a Wednesday statement on the case. “By using the false identification documents, Rogers defrauded several area businesses by purchasing merchandise and services with the counterfeit checks.”
If convicted, Rogers could face either or both of a total sentence of up to 15 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
The Anchorage Police Department and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation.
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