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Jackson man sentenced for aggravated identity theft and wire fraud

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Forty-four year old Mark C. Hooten of Jackson, a local minister and a former subcontractor for Directv, was sentenced Thursday to serve a total of 54 months in federal prison for aggravated identity theft and wire fraud.

Hooten was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $384,651.26 to Directv, the victim of his fraudulent activity.

He pled guilty to the charges on November of 2013 before senior U.S. District judge Tom Lee. Hooten admitted to unlawfully using the social security numbers of existing Directv customers without their permission to fabricate additional Directv customer accounts under the pretext of establishing additional satellite service.

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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