A man who conspired to buy a vehicle from a Dubuque auto dealership with a stolen identity recently took a plea deal to a lesser charge.

Patrick L. Thompson, 31, of Chicago, was sentenced in Iowa District Court of Dubuque County to 100 days in jail, with credit for time served, after pleading guilty to third-degree theft.

He originally was charged with first-degree theft. The plea deal also dropped a charge of identity theft.

Authorities said Thompson and Antwan D. Kinerman, 28, defrauded Bird Chevrolet in March, using a stolen identity to complete an online purchase of a vehicle worth more than $38,000. The vehicle was delivered to two men in Country Club Hills, Ill.

Bird Chevrolet was contacted soon after by a Des Moines dealership about possible fraud, documents said. A dealership in Johnson Creek, Wis., also was victimized.

Thompson told investigators that he and Kinerman bought and took delivery of the vehicle from Bird, according to court documents.

Kinerman was sentenced in April to five years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree theft.

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