PHOENIX — A former Arizona man nabbed while living under a false identity in the Boston area years after stealing $571,000 from his employer has been sentenced to nine years in prison.
The sentence handed down by a judge in Phoenix on Friday will run consecutive to a three-year prison term already imposed on Steve Nolte in 2015 by a federal judge in Massachusetts on convictions related to Nolte’s flight from justice.
An Arizona jury on May 22 convicted Nolte of fraud and theft.
Nolte, now 53, in 1996 worked as an information technology consultant for Fulton Homes when he stole $571,649 from the homebuilder.
Authorities investigating the 1996 theft couldn’t locate Nolte, who had fled to Costa Rica before later resettling in the Boston area. While on the run, he used a fraudulent passport obtained under the name of George France, an infant who had died in 1966.
Nolte was undone in 2012 when he applied for a replacement passport under the assumed name of George France. Authorities discovered his true identity after realizing that the Social Security number he was using wasn’t issued until he supposedly was 33 years old.
Nolte’s mother testified during the Arizona trial that the person on trial was her son, and George France’s mother testified that her son died in 1966 and that she didn’t know Nolte.