NEW ORLEANS — Kaleb Deakle, a 24-year-old resident of Atlanta, Ga., was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison last week before U.S. District Court Judge Jane Triche Milazzo, announced U.S. Attorney Dana Boente. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Milazzo ordered Deakle to pay more than $132,000 in restitution.
According to court documents, Deakle, pled guilty to wire fraud on April 16, previously resided in New Orleans and gained access to the bank account of the management company where he had leased a condominium. Deakle used his computer to negotiate the online sale of a 2012 Land Rover Sport. After a series of e-mails with the salesman, Deakle arrived at Land Rover of New Orleans with a check purportedly from the management company. The check was counterfeit and written out for the total purchase price. Deakle led the dealership to believe that he was employed by Apple Inc., and that the check was legitimate, and he then took possession of the vehicle, according to court douments.
The case was investigated by the special agents of the FBI, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jon Maestri.