Reno man sentenced in case of stealing identity of elderly person
RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) —
A 44-year-old Reno man has been sentenced on charges of fraud against an elderly victim and drug trafficking, according to prosecutors.
The Washoe County District Attorney's Office says Douglas Wayne Goins received a 20-year sentence last week, with the possibility of parole after serving eight years.
Goins pleaded guilty in two separate cases back in August, and he was considered a habitual criminal based on six prior felony convictions.
According to the D.A.'s office, detectives with the Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Unit in February last year began investigating a case of identity theft and fraudulent credit card applications and transactions.
Using surveillance footage from a sporting goods store, detectives identified three suspects: Goins, Joey Ray Griffin, 33, and Jayleen Noreen Carter, 20.
They were arrested after detectives determined they allegedly used the identity of a 62-year-old Reno man to apply for credit, which they used to buy hunting and fishing equipment they later pawned.
In March, while the investigation was still taking place, Goins was stopped for a traffic violation and arrested on the fraud charge. Authorities also found 10 grams of methamphetamine on him, and a charge of drug trafficking was added.