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Mother, Son Sentenced in Celebrity Identity Theft Scheme

A Florida mother and son have been sentenced for an identity theft scheme aimed at Kim Kardashian, Tom Cruise, Michelle Obama and other high-profile targets.

Luis Flores Jr., 19, transferred more than $71,000 into fraudulent bank accounts and obtained numerous credit cards using stolen identities, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Flores had a flash drive full of financial account information, credit reports and Social Security numbers for Vice President Joe Biden, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Bill Gates and others, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

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Some of the information came from a website where hackers posted personal information for more than a dozen celebrities, politicians and law enforcement officials.

Flores was able to make fraudulent wire transfers for $71,250 from accounts belonging to Kris Jenner, Kardashian's mother.

Using Kardashian's private information, Flores had credit cards linked to her accounts delivered to the apartment he shared with his mother.

FBI director Robert Mueller received an email saying that the name and address on his credit card were changed to reflect Flores' information.

Authorities discovered other fraudulent activity by Flores on financial accounts owned by Ashton Kutcher, Paris Hilton and U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton.

Flores was sentenced on Jan. 30 to three-and-a-half years in federal prison for credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft.

When he began the celebrity scams, Flores was already facing state criminal charges for stealing the personal information of an AT&T call center co-worker in order to divert that person's paycheck into his own bank account.

AT&T fired Flores and he was later convicted in that case, the Sentinel also reported.

Flores' mother, Kyah Green was sentenced on Jan. 30 to three years probation for lying to federal agents to cover up her son's fraud, according to the FBI.

While Flores was still in jail for his state charges, Green withdrew more than $16,000 from the same bank account her son used to receive his fraudulent wire transfers.

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