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'Registered as deceased in many government databases': A man who pretended to be dead in order to avoid paying child support could be imprisoned for several years

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Jesse Kipf admitted in federal court to stealing peoples’ identities in order to create a fake death certificate so he would be officially listed as a dead man.

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Jesse Kipf (via Grayson County (Ky.) Detention Center)

Jesse Kipf (via Grayson County (Ky.) Detention Center)

A Kentucky A man who pretended to be dead to evade paying child support may face a lengthy jail term.

Jesse Kipf, 38, admitted in federal court that he used stolen identities to produce a false death certificate, which led to him being officially documented as deceased. According to the plea agreement, Kipf accessed the Hawaii Death Registry System by posing as a physician in a different state.

“He completed a State of Hawaii Death Certificate Worksheet, and then, on January 21, 2023, the Defendant assigned himself as the medical certifier for the case and certified that case,” the plea agreement says. “He applied a digital signature for [the physician], providing his name, title, and license number. This resulted in the Defendant being registered as deceased in many government databases.”

Kipf “also infiltrated other states’ death registry systems” using credentials stolen from other people.

“The Defendant faked his own death, in part, in order to avoid his outstanding child support obligations to his ex-wife,” the plea agreement says.

He also admitted using stolen credentials to infiltrate private business, government, and corporate networks and trying to sell access to those networks to potential online buyers.

“In doing so, the Defendant caused damage to multiple computer networks and stole the identities of numerous individuals,” says the plea agreement.

The estimated cost of damages was more than $195,000, according to the filing.

Kipf has pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft, which carries a potential five year maximum sentence, and one count of computer fraud, which has a minimum two year sentence. Both charges also carry a fine of up to $250,000.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Frankfort, Kentucky, on April 12.

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