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Man sentenced for defrauding DIRECTV


The Associated Press



JACKSON -- A Jackson man has been sentenced to 54 months in federal prison for aggravated identity theft and wire fraud. 


Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Mark C. Hooten pleaded guilty to the charges last November. He was sentenced this past week by U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee. 


U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis says Hooten was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $384,651 to DIRECTV, the victim of his fraudulent activity. 


Prosecutors say Hooten illegally used the social security numbers of existing DIRECTV customers without their permission to fabricate additional DIRECTV customer accounts. He fraudulently obtained commission payments for fictitious satellite TV installations from DIRECTV and Dixon Security, a Mississippi company with whom Hooten subcontracted as a satellite TV service installer.




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