An identity thief who ran up $10,000 in purchases on a credit card he got in his grandfather's name was sentenced Wednesday.
Kyle S. Puder, 30, of 145 High St., New London, must successfully complete the Teen Challenge substance abuse program as part of his three years of probation. He also must pay almost $10,142 in restitution to Capital One.
In late March, Puder pleaded guilty 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.
Puder used his grandfather's name to obtain a credit card Oct. 23 and made about $10,142 in purchases. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler has 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 76 and notified Puder's grandparents.
"They love their grandson, but at some point, something has to give," Leffler told the court in March.
The prosecutor sounded equally frustrated with Puder's lack of progress when he spoke to Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway on Wednesday.
"This isn't Mr. Puder's first ride to court here," said Leffler, who mentioned the man was on three years of probation in 2007.
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.
After Puder violated his probation, he was ordered to a community-based corrections facility (CBCF). Leffler said the defendant completed the program, but had 13 violations before doing so.
"They put up with it," said Leffler, who also said Puder needed something to wake him up. "He just doesn't get it."
On Aug. 12, 2009, Puder was "unsuccessfully discharged" from probation and had his civil rights restored, court records state.
Puder admitted Wednesday he has a drug problem. He said wants to take the opportunity afforded by Teen Challenge, which can last 12 to 14 months, so he can "lead the right kind of life."
"It's rigorous program. Not everybody makes it through," Conway told him.
If Puder violates his probation, which includes random drug screens, he faces three years in prison.