Man sentenced to 9 years for stealing $570K from Phoenix employer

Posted at 3:21 PM, Aug 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 17:16:29-04

A former computer expert for a Phoenix-based home builder is spending the next nine years in prison for stealing hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars from his employer.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office announced on Tuesday that Steve Nolte was recently sentenced for passport fraud, identity theft and using a falsely obtained social security number after being found guilty on May 22.

Nolte stole more than $571,000 from his former employer, Fulton Homes, in 1996. He then fled to Costa Rica before resettling in the Boston area. 

It wasn’t until 2012 that law enforcement officials discovered that Nolte had taken on a new identity. Nolte had reapplied for a passport under the name George France and federal officials discovered who he actually was.

During the trial, Nolte’s mother confirmed the man’s identity. George France’s mother also testified during the trial that her son had died in 1966.