Kentucky Father Faked His Own Death to Avoid Paying Child Support to His Ex-Wife

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A Kentucky man admitted to faking his own death to avoid paying child support for his ex-wife.

According to a plea agreement obtained by PEOPLE, Jesse E. Kipf pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of computer fraud in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on March 29.

According to the plea agreement, Kipf accessed the Hawaii Death Registration System in January 2023 using the credentials (including name, title and license number) of a doctor who lives in another state.

Using the doctor’s data, the “defendant created a ‘case’ for his own death” and “assigned himself as the medical certifier for the case.”

As a result of Kipf certifying the case, he was recorded as deceased in “many” government databases, according to the agreement.

Jesse E. Kipf.

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“The defendant faked his own death, in part, to avoid his outstanding child support obligations to his ex-wife,” the document states.

According to the agreement, Kipf owed more than $116,000 in child support to his ex-wife.

“The defendant also infiltrated the death registration systems of other states, using credentials he stole from other real people,” the agreement continues.

It also attempted to sell access to government and corporate networks to potential online buyers.

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In addition to child support owed to his ex-wife, Kipf caused nearly $80,000 worth of damage to those networks.

He has agreed to pay restitution to all parties, according to the documents.

Kipf’s lawyer, Thomas Miceli, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

He faces up to seven years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines, according to the documents.

Kipf’s sentencing hearing is set for April 12, according to NBC News.

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