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Published September 5, 2018

Man found guilty of identity theft

JEFFERSON CITY – A Camden County man has been sentenced to 17 months in jail after being found guilty of charges relating to identity theft

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced last week that Jeffrey Kowalski, of Camden County, has been sentenced to 17 months in jail after being found guilty of violating two counts of Missouri’s Merchandising Practices Act, one count of attempted identity theft, and one count of attempted stealing by deceit.

He was found guilty of all four counts in July, Hawley said.

According to the Attorney General, Kowalski sent fake invoices, which included threats of adverse credit ratings and lawsuits, to over 70 people in Missouri including state legislators and local school officials.

He also sent requests for W-9 forms and sent fake 1099 forms to several people alleging that his company, StarProse, paid income to them – all in attempt to unlawfully obtain their personal information, said Hawley.

“Identity theft is an issue my office takes very seriously,” The AG said. “We will aggressively prosecute anyone who attempts to steal and profit from another person’s personal information.”

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Steve Reed and Jake Aubuchon and probed by Investigator Carrie Ahart.

They were assisted at trial by JP Koziatek and David O’Connell.

Missourians who believe they may have been the victim of a similar scam are encouraged to file a complaint by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222 or by submitting a claim online.

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