- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston auto-related store owner has been sentenced to four years in federal prison in a wire fraud and identity theft case involving his business.

Austyn Enahoro Afenkhena of Houston was also ordered Thursday to pay nearly $246,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say the 53-year-old businessman was convicted of 11 counts of wire fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft in a scheme since 2008.

Officials say Afenkhena obtained credit cards that were created from stolen identities. He would run the cards through his store front, Phase 2 Auto Repair, to obtain cash. He also created fake merchant accounts using names related to the auto industry to get processing devices to run the bogus credit cards.

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