- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Three men have been sentenced in Everett to prison terms for an identity theft ring that took nearly half a million dollars from about 500 victims.

The defendants say drug addictions fueled mail thefts and forgeries as they took over victim credit accounts.

The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1t3nCAL) the three who were sentenced Wednesday all were working without serious criminal records until a few years ago.

A 34-year-old Navy veteran, David J. King of Lake Stevens, was sentenced to more than five years. A 32-year-old University of Washington economics graduate, Vikram Chorpa, of Renton was sentenced to seven years. And 31-year-old Shawn Shulze of Everett was giving a nine-year sentence because he had a previous identity theft conviction.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

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