A Rose Hill man pleaded guilty Friday to a federal identity theft charge, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.
Justin Alan Vanley, Rose Hill, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft. In his plea, he admitted a co-defendant gave him a U.S. Postal Service roster with personal information for two postal service employees. Vanley used the identity of one of the postal workers to apply for a Chase Marriott credit card with a $32,000 credit limit. He waited for the card to arrive in the mail and intercepted the card before it reached the victim.
Vanley was one of 13 people charged in an indictment returned in May alleging they were part of a $3.5 million identity theft scheme.
Sentencing is set for March 24. Vanley faces a penalty of two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
Beall commended the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department, the Wichita Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger for their work on the case.