Christopher Jacob Froehlich, 28, of Sallisaw pleaded guilty in U.S. Court in Muskogee to three counts of wire fraud, two counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of uttering a counterfeit security with intent to deceive. The charges arose from an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspector and the U.S. Secret Service. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's office in Muskogee said the indictment, filed on Sept. 10, alleged that from Dec. 25, 2013, to March 24, 2014, Froehlich devised a scheme to defraud and obtain money and property by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations and promises. The defendant used his computer to create fraudulent accounts at various financial institutions. These fraudulent accounts used the identities of other persons without their permission. The defendant also created and uttered counterfeit checks.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Kimberly E. West accepted the defendant's guilty pleas, and ordered the completion of a pre-sentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled upon its completion. The defendant remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals pending sentencing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Wilson represented the United States in the case. By Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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