Kentucky man admits faking his death in part to escape paying $100,000 child support

A Kentucky man admitted to faking his own death in part to avoid paying child support totaling more than $100,000.

Jesse E. Kipf, 39, signed an agreement to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud and one charge of aggravated identity theft.

Kipf used a computer in Somerset in January 2023 to illegally access the state of Hawaii’s death registration system, using the identity of a doctor, and created a false death certificate for himself- even, according to the plea.

He also infiltrated other states’ death records.

One of the reasons he faked his death was to avoid paying child support, the plea document states.

However, Kopf also admitted to hacking government and commercial networks, using people’s stolen credentials, and attempting to sell access to online buyers.

Kipf was initially charged with five counts of computer fraud, three counts of identity theft and two counts of falsely applying for credit or debit cards from two banks.

Many charges would be dropped as part of the plea.

Kipf agreed to pay restitution of $3,500 to the State of Hawaii; $56,247 to Milestone Inc.; $19,653 to GuestTek Interactive Entertainment; and $116,357 to the California Child Support Agency.

He also agreed to confiscate electronic devices and $16,218 in gold and silver coins from the government.

Kipf is expected to formally plead guilty on April 12 in Frankfurt federal court.

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Wier will decide whether to accept the plea.

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