OLYMPIA - An Olympia-area man who was arrested in January in the largest identity theft case in Thurston County history pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of first-degree identity theft and 82 counts of second-degree identity theft.
Anthony Vaughn, 30, will be sentenced in two to three weeks, according to Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Mark Thompson. Vaughn is being held at the Thurston County Jail.
Thompson said he would ask the judge to impose an exceptional sentence that would place Vaughn in prison for 15 years.
According to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, more than 1,000 victims statewide had their driver’s licenses, credit cards and Social Security numbers stolen. Detectives think Vaughn had accomplices who stole identification documents during car prowls and residential burglaries, and that they used the stolen documents to open bank accounts in the victims’ names. Detectives said that Vaughn would then quickly empty the bank accounts with online transactions.
Vaughn also was accused of making withdrawals using stolen ATM cards and purchases with stolen credit cards. Vaughn and his accomplices also made a large number of illegal purchases using stolen and forged credit cards online, court papers state.
Detectives took more than 40 boxes of evidence from Vaughn’s Johnson Point Road home in January, seizing driver’s licenses, credit cards, credit card swipers and Social Security cards.
Thompson said Vaughn’s victims are invited to speak during Vaughn’s sentencing hearing. Thompson said victims can call him at the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office at 360-786-5540 for information on the sentencing date.