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Yucca man sentenced for forgery, ID theft

October 25, 2017 GMT

KINGMAN — A Yucca man convicted of forging Arizona driver licenses using several names was sentenced to prison Tuesday.

Robert Lawson Carnochan, 70, was convicted in August of five counts of forgery and two counts of taking the identity of another.

Superior Court Commissioner Billy Sipe Jr. found age as a mitigating factor but also found as aggravating factors that Carnochan has two prior convictions and committed illegal entry into the country.

Sipe also found that the one of victims, James Browning Wyeth, suffered emotional harm after being denied entry to an event involving the Vice President of the United States. A victim of identity theft, Wyeth found that he had a warrant for his arrest out of Nevada.

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The judge sentenced Carnochan to 24 years in prison. The sentence will be served consecutively to his

41/2 year sentence in his first trial on weapons charges.

In May 2000, Carnochan forged an application for a driver license in Lake Havasu City using Wyeth’s name, the same name and date of birth as a famous New England artist. He also used a fake Lake Havasu City address.

In July 2002 and in December 2003, Carnochan obtained a driver license using another name with another date of birth and used a Topock address that also didn’t exist. He also bought a pickup truck in Lake Havasu City using Wyeth’s name.

With officers investigating a series of identity thefts, Carnochan was arrested April 13, 2016, after a traffic stop on Interstate 40. Officers later searched a Yucca house and garage that he shared with his former girlfriend and found six weapons and numerous documents including Social Security cards and Arizona and Montana driver’s license with both names.

Born in Canada, Carnochan reportedly has been living illegally in the United States for several decades, including in Oregon and Nevada.

Carnochan was convicted in February of six counts of misconduct with a weapon for illegally possessing three rifles and three handguns. He was sentenced in March to the 41/2 years in prison.

Carnochan is also a person of interest in the disappearance of three women, Verna F. Clayton, 73, of Dolan Springs, Nancy Rae Hartz, 72, of Kingman, and Neva Jane Lindley, 77, of Las Vegas.

All three women reportedly met Carnochan on online dating sites for seniors. Evidence recovered at the Yucca home included personal items of the three women including their driver licenses.