A Danville man faces up to 22 years in prison and as much as $250,000 in fines after pleading guilty to wire fraud and identity theft.
Behzad Talai Mofrad, 47, pleaded guilty in federal court in Oakland Thursday. The Danville man was charged on April 9, 2013 with two counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.
Under the plea agreement, Mofrad pleaded guilty to all counts.
Mofrad admitted to using the identity of Jacob Wetterling, a Minnesota boy who was 11 when he was kidnapped in 1989, to obtain false identification. He also admitted to using the false identification to fraudulently lease a 2013 BMW M3 coupe automobile from an Alameda County car dealership.
He had planned to sell the M3 for money but was arrested before doing so.
According to reports, Mofrad used Collins' social security number, birth date, hometown and parents' names to acquire a passport in 2005.
A sentencing hearing for Mofrad is set for Oct. 3. The maximum statutory penalty for each wire fraud count is 20 years' imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.
In addition, the mandatory penalty for aggravated identity theft is two years' imprisonment. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the federal sentencing guidelines.
The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Berkeley Police Department.