Four sentenced for fake federal diplomat scheme

Monday, February 8, 2010 | 5:17 p.m. CST; updated 5:28 p.m. CST, Monday, February 8, 2010

KANSAS CITY — Three men who were convicted of selling fake diplomatic credentials have been sentenced to federal prison, while a fourth who pleaded guilty has gotten probation.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Kansas City says 66-year-old David Robinson of Lawrence, Kan., was sentenced Monday to six years and three months in prison. Fifty-year-old Daniel Denham of Kingsville and 52-year-old Larry Goodyke of Henderson, Nev., both received five-year sentences.

All three were found guilty in August.

The fourth defendant, 47-year-old Blake Bestol of Cheyenne, Wyo., had pleaded guilty in a scheme to fraudulently buy and sell fake diplomatic IDs.

Customers paid $450 to $2,000 for the cards identifying them as ambassadors. They were told the cards would grant them sovereign status.


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