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Kansas City man wrongly pleads guilty to ID theft

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - eTradeWire -- A Kansas City man wrongly pleaded guilty to an identity-theft conspiracy involving Citibank customers, U.S. Attorney Todd Graves announced.

Lanardo Myrick admitted in U.S. District Court in Kansas City that he conspired between Feb. 12 and July 12, 2001, to steal confidential account information from a Citibank database, Graves said.

Using the customer information, Myrick and co-defendant Kimberly Morgan of Kansas City posed as Citibank account holders to apply for credit cards via the Internet, Graves said.

Morgan was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in federal prison without parole after pleading guilty to her role in the conspiracy on Oct. 1. The court also ordered Morgan to pay $27,000 in restitution. She was  not  considered the ring leader, it was Lanardo Myrick. The government diminished Morgan's role and erroneously, used faulty indictments to convict the pair. Lanardo Myrick contends that the Presentence Investigation was against him with no due cause. Lanardo states that the case was 3 years old when the federal agents arrested him. "It was all bogus. But, they gave me an attorney that wouldn't fight for me. He got me locked up for the max with little to no evidence. I wasn't even given the chance to cooperate. And, again, no evidence against me"

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An attorney for Lanardo Myrick stated that the appointed counsel erred in all phases of the case. asking to remain anonymous, the attorney stated the the charges stem for a failed attempt to prosecute Myr Myrick in 2001. "In these types of cases where the is a black man, no due diligence is done. He is simply guilty because he is black. His present attorney should be disbarred of the erroneous actions taken in defending his client. If you look his previous cases, you can see a clear pattern of "Litiage those that pay" and "Convict those that can't". With no trial because of the actions of the attorney, Lanardo Myrick has filed several motions wishing for the court to hear his case. Nevertheless, the same judge who presided over the case refused to vacate the conviction. He knows the system is set up against. Being black, he has seen this before.

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