ID thief pleads guilty

Cary Ashby • Mar 29, 2013 at 6:51 PM

A New London man will be sentenced May 8 for running up $10,000 in purchases on a credit card he got in his grandfather's name.

Kyle S. Puder, 30, of 145 High St., pleaded guilty Tuesday to identity theft. As part of a plea deal, the state agreed to dismiss one charge of theft from the elderly in connection with an incident between Nov. 3 and Dec. 23.

"The allegation is he opened a credit card in his grandfather's name," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler has recommended Puder spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

The defendant, who earlier posted a $10,000 bond, is subject to random drug screens.

On Oct. 23, Puder used his grandfather's name to obtain a credit card and then made $10,000 in purchases. Leffler also said the defendant later attempted to get American Express and Discover cards, but the American Express representative figured out Puder "didn't sound like he was 60 years old" and notified Puder's grandparents.

"They love their grandson, but at some point, something has to give," Leffler told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

This isn't the first time the defendant has victimized a relative.

Puder, in late May 2007, was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and sentenced to 33 days in the Huron County Jail for burglary. He also was fined $250 and ordered to pay $200 in restitution to his mother as part of his three years of probation.

The Elyria Police Department, during a traffic stop about Puder reportedly running red lights and driving recklessly, recovered the computer he stole from his mother. Officers said they also seized a personal check and debit/credit card also belonging to the victim and suspected of being stolen.

The court, in late June 2007, sentenced Puder to a CBCF for violating his probation, according to court records.

Prosecutors filed another probation violation complaint in mid-August 2008, but by Sept. 9 of that year, the court left him on community control sanctions since it was found Puder "had made some progress." On Aug. 12, 2009, Puder was "unsuccessfully discharged" from probation and had his civil rights restored, records state.

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