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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 22, 2007
NEWS FROM: Compliance Enforcement Division     07-005

DMV Extradites ID Theft Suspect

Investigators from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehiclesí Compliance Enforcement Division have extradited an identity theft suspect from Washington state to face charges in Las Vegas.

Kenneth Brown DeButts, 38, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center Monday afternoon after being transported from the King County Regional Justice Center and Detention Facility in Kent, Washington.

DeButts, originally from New Hampshire, is facing three felony charges after allegedly assuming the identity of a Las Vegas roommate he lived with for several months in 2005. DMV investigators say DeButts used the victimís birth certificate and social security card to obtain a fraudulent Nevada driverís license which he then used to withdraw $5,000 from the victimís bank account.

The victim claims that, in addition to the withdrawal, DeButts used his identity to purchase a vehicle and incur more than $50,000 in debts.

DeButts fled to Washington and, allegedly still using the Las Vegas victimís identity, moved in with a Renton man and made a series of bogus charges on the Renton manís credit cards.

DeButts pleaded guilty to one county of identity theft in King County and was sentenced to 90 days in jail. His sentence there was completed upon his release to the Nevada DMV.

In Nevada, DeButts faces felony charges of Possession or Sale of a Document or Personal Identifying Information to Establish False Status or Identity, Obtaining and Using Personal Identifying Information of Another Person and Burglary with the Intent to Commit a Felony. These are felony offenses that carry prison terms of one to 20 years and fines of up to $100,000.

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