Plea deal rejected in identity theft case with 49 victims

Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A judge has rejected a plea deal for a Minnesota man in an identity theft case authorities say involved dozens of victims in North Dakota.

Thirty-eight-year-old Troy Lafferty of East Grand Forks, Minn., was to be sentenced Wednesday in neighboring Grand Forks, N.D.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that Judge Lawrence Jahnke rejected the plea agreement because Lafferty in April was charged with new crimes involving burglary, theft and drugs.

Lafferty then pleaded guilty in all the cases and Jahnke set a new sentencing date of Aug. 10.

With the plea agreement gone, prosecutors have the freedom to recommend how much jail time Lafferty should serve.

The identity theft case stemmed from Lafferty's use of the names and Social Security numbers of 49 people to obtain credit cards.