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Mont. man gets year for fraud; used female voice

March 24, 2011

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BOISE, Idaho—A Montana man who mimicked a female voice is exchanging his ill-gotten Tempur-Pedic mattress for a cot in a federal prison.

The U.S. attorney's office in Idaho says 60-year-old Ricky Vaughn Barry of Hamilton, Mont., was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in prison for impersonating his ex-wife when speaking to company representatives.

The calls to open a line of credit and order a $4,000 bed and sheets were recorded.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Mitchell in Boise said the case against the former Coeur d'Alene resident developed after his ex-wife pulled her credit report and found accounts used to purchase the bed and a laptop.

The federal charges did not include the laptop purchase, but both items were sold to help pay just over $7,700 in restitution.

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