A jail inmate awaiting sentencing for identity theft used other stolen identities to set up phone lines so he and his cellmates could make collect calls, prosecutors said.
Mark Allen Jacober, 39, now has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking in the identity of another.
Jacober had been convicted for ID theft and forgery, and has since been given more than four years probation after he finishes his prison sentence. An accomplice, Terry Harrington, is serving a six-month jail term after pleading guilty to identify theft.
According to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Jacober was in the Fourth Avenue Jail earlier this year when he obtained a stolen identity from a cellmate. Jacober then called Harrington, a female friend on the outside, and passed along the information for use in setting up phone lines with Qwest.
In recorded phone calls, Jacober and Harrington can be heard on a three-way call as he sets up Qwest service from the jail.
Jacober was in jail for using a stolen Social Security number to lease a Phoenix apartment last year. He also rented a storage unit using a fake driver’s license.