Man Who Stole 16,000 Identities Gets Prison Time

DALLAS (AP) – A man has been sentenced to federal prison for stealing about 16,000 identities — including those of U.S. soldiers — and using their credit cards.

Rene Quimby was sentenced Thursday to more than six years behind bars and ordered to pay more than $210,000 in restitution. The 42-year-old pleaded guilty in May to fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors say Quimby used the stolen identities to buy computers, digital cameras and appliances from the website of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service in 2007. Quimby had the merchandise sent to addresses in southern California, then sold it.

Dallas-based AAFES owns and operates thousands of retail stores on military installations worldwide. The money it generates is used to fund programs that help troops, including those in war zones.

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  • darrell

    six years for what he did is an insult to service members and their families and certainly does not equate to reasonable justice for the scale of the crimes commited. he will be out in 3 or less. 1 day per identity would have been more appropriate. 16,000 days. wonder if it was one of those liberal judges that are a curse upon this land?

    • altha

      This got to be a White man look at his sentence.

      • darrell

        LOL, i can tell by the sludge dripping from your ears that you suffer from self inflicted anal abuse. yes im white, what of it. i would have said the same for anyone who would do this especially to military personnel and their families. guy will be out in three or less and doing it all over again. the punishment does not match the crime.

    • Stanley Mathis

      Can we better protect our money in our bank? I say yes we can! And the solution can create a few real human jobs. Tell me what you all think about solutions?

  • Bill Haley

    16,000? The man knows no bounds. Send him to Washington to work with Homeland Security. His knowledge can speed of their efforts to steal the rest of the country’s citizens.

  • Ronn

    Identity theft should be considered a second class capital offense with a mandatory 25 year sentence for the first offense and life for the second. The current situation is appalling. We coddle the criminals, when we should be punishing them.

    The judge in this case should have sentenced him to .
    si x years for each identity stolen. Where is our protection? Stealing ithe identity of soldiers should be a federal crime, but the weak sisters in DC won’t do that.

  • Andrew

    Corruption in our country is leading to its demise and this is just another example of the systemic problem. In Dallas, there is a really disturbing story about a business owner, who was involved in a civil dispute and paid millions of dollars to lawyers, and when he objected to their fees, they had a “controllable” judge seize all of his property, without any notice or hearing, and essentially ordered him to be an involuntary servant to the lawyers. The business owner has been under this “servant” order for 10 months. too. has an explanation of this really disturbing case.. The frequency of instances like these seems to be increasing exponentially even though they get little media attention

    • Ana


      Thanks for sharing the link to Jeff Baron’s story. Ithought some people in the world could be evil, but I never realized just how evil until I read that story.

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