Fort Totten janitor pleads guilty to ID theft

By John Tozzi

A Fort Totten janitor charged in November with stealing the identity of a soldier overseas and making illegal charges to a credit card in the soldier's name pleaded guilty and will be sentenced to between 18 months and three years in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Wednesday.

Edwin Gomez, a 35-year-old Jamaica man who worked for three days for a maintenance contractor at the U.S. Army Base in Fort Totten, pleaded guilty to identity theft in Queens Criminal Court Wednesday, the DA's office said. Prosecutors said he opened a Neiman Marcus credit card in the name of a soldier and charged more than $500 on the store's Web site. He was also accused of possessing personal information for more than 150 Army reservists, the DA said.

Gomez is expected to be sentenced Feb. 15.

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