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DeKalb man charged with identity theft gets probation

Published: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 5:30 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man charged with identity theft and deceptive practices was sentenced Wednesday to 60 months of probation.

Edward McGee, 21, of the 1400 block of Twombly Road in DeKalb, pleaded guilty to identity theft and two counts of deceptive practice, Class 4 felonies punishable by up to three years in prison. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of driving while license suspended, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.

According to court documents, McGee admitted to taking personal identification information while he was working at a real estate company and giving it to Robert McKinney, who lives at the same address as McGee. Fraudulent checks were then created and made out to various people, and attempts to cash the checks were made at various financial institutions in the county.

McKinney has been charged with forgery in addition to identity theft and deceptive practices.

Kimi L. Wilson of DeKalb was charged with deceptive practices and pleaded guilty in September. Damion Love of DeKalb, Jasmine Brewer of DeKalb and Zakia Walker of Chicago also have been charged in connection to the case, said Prosecutor Victor Escarcida with the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office.

McGee was sentenced to 180 days in jail with credit for time served, a total of 60 months of probation and $2,200 in fines and costs. He and others charged in the case must pay restitution in the amounts of $4,961 and $17,000.

Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert also said McGee can testify against co-defendants.

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