Man gets 6-year term for real estate fraud using Internet

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A federal judge has sentenced a 72-year-old Tucson man described by prosecutors as a career criminal to six years in prison for fraudulently trying to sell real estate he didn't own on the Internet.

U.S. District Judge James Soto on Monday sentenced Howard Dennis Barnes on convictions for mail fraud and attempted fraud in connection with computers. He had pleaded guilty to the charges.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Barnes impersonated owners of property to offer it for sale through Craig's List.

According to the office, Barnes also forged and mailed a deed to a buyer, forged a will transferring property and attempted to steal confidential information from a financial institution.

Prosecutors' sentencing memo said Barnes had at least 11 prior felony convictions for burglary, forgery and other crimes.