- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A federal judge in New Hampshire is sending a man to prison for 27 months for attempting to purchase identity theft information.

Thirty-six-year-old Derric Theoc of Florida pleaded guilty in July to one count of attempted fraud by device.

Federal officials say Theoc arranged the purchase of a packet of 100 identities by emailing an undercover Secret Service agent in New Hampshire who was posing as a well-known and prolific purveyor of stolen identities.

That purveyor - Hieu Minh Ngo - pleaded guilty last year and this year to computer fraud and other counts, admitting he had sold more than 150,000 packets of full identifying information. Prosecutors say Theoc had purchased packets from him in the past.

Theoc was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Concord.

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