Man pleads guilty in theft of boss’s identity

Posted July 24, 2009, at 7:41 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — An Augusta man waived indictment and pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to using his employer’s identity to purchase more than $20,000 in merchandise for his own use.

Timothy Harkins, 30, pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft from Capitol Insights, an Augusta lobbying firm owned by Cheryl Timberlake.

In pleading guilty, Harkins admitted that he used the firm’s Staples account in early 2006 to buy gift cards for himself and used Timberlake’s personal information in August 2006 to obtain a Capital One credit card. He made nominal but not minimum payments to the accounts, according to court documents.

He hid the statements from his employer, according to court documents, and kept collection agents from speaking to Timberlake about the delinquent accounts at her office. She discovered the theft in November 2007 when a collection agent called her home.

Harkins told Augusta police that he used the cards to finance his alcohol addiction.

He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in federal prison. Harkins is expected to be ordered to pay restitution.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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