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OFF BEAT: Jurors have no trouble spotting serial thief's true identity


In 2004, convicted identity thief Jeffrey Groover got a day out of federal prison to testify in front of a U.S. Senate committee on how to prevent identity thieves like himself from committing crimes, but he found himself giving sworn testimony again Wednesday in an entirely different set of circumstances.

The South Florida man testified in his own defense in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to defend himself against six federal charges for stealing identities and committing bank fraud in Broward and Palm Beach counties, according to Sun-Sentinel newspaper.

The jury found Mr. Groover guilty on all charges.

When he is sentenced in September, Mr. Groover is potentially facing 20 years in prison for each of the four most serious bank fraud charges, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

He is already serving a five-year federal prison sentence for another crime: making false claims to the IRS in 2012 and attempting to cash fraudulent tax refund checks, the newspaper said.