Dad fakes his death to avoid $100K in child support for his ex-wife

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First published: 9:41 am PDT, April 8, 2024

TO Kentucky A man confessed to faking his death to avoid having to pay more than $100,000 in child support to his ex-wife.

Jesse Kipf, 39, managed to access the Hawaii Death Registration System, where in January 2023 he created a file for his death, assigned that case to himself, and then certified that case using a doctor’s credentials without that individual’s knowledge or authorization, according to a plea agreement obtained by Inside Edition Digital.

As a result, he was able to avoid having to pay $116,357.77 in child support payments to his ex-wife, according to the agreement Kipf signed last month.

Kipf also gained illegal access to internal websites run by entities such as the State of ArizonaState VermontGuestTek Interactive Entertainment and Milestone, Inc., according to court documents.

GuestTek and Milestone are suppliers to large hotel chains, but prosecutors said there is no evidence that Kipf accessed the personal information of guests who stayed at these properties.

TO a federal grand jury indicted Kipf in November 2023 for five counts of computer fraud, three counts of aggravated identity theft and two counts of making false statements in applications related to federally insured financial institutions.

He faced a possible sentence of more than 60 years in prison if convicted on all those charges, but as part of his deal, prosecutors recommend he serve just seven years after agreeing to plead guilty to one count of computer fraud and a charge of aggravated identity theft. .

kipf’s new accusation It is now scheduled for later this week.

He will also have to pay $116,357.77 in restitution to the State of California Child support services for those missed support payments, as well as $56,247.50 to Milestone and $19,653.38 to GuestTek for damages caused when he illegally accessed those corporate networks, according to the settlement.

On top of that, the judge can impose a fine of up to $250,000 for each of the two counts, according to the agreement.

The exact details of Kipf’s alleged crimes beyond the allegation that he attempted to sell data stolen from websites he illegally accessed are unknown because many of the filings have remained sealed since the case began last year.

Kipf reached a settlement just two weeks before the start of his federal jury trial in Kentucky.

Inside Edition Digital contacted Kipf’s lawyer but he did not respond to a request for comment.

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