MARQUETTE - A Marquette man was sentenced to two years in federal prison today for placing a false distress message with the U.S. Coast Guard in an effort to fake his death in Lake Superior in May 2008.
Michael Scott Gokey, 44, pleaded guilty Aug. 10 in U.S. District Court in Marquette. Judge Robert Holmes Bell called Gokey "narcissistic" in sentencing him to three years of supervised release and restitution to the U.S. Coast Guard of $56,777 in addition to the prison term.
Bell said Gokey intended to defraud insurance companies in his attempt to start a new life elsewhere. Gokey called police from Iowa after reconsidering his scheme.
Michael Scott Gokey, 44, of Marquette leaves the federal building in Marquette this morning after being sentenced to two years in prison for placing a false distress message with the U.S. Coast Guard in an effort to fake his death in Lake Superior in May 2008. (Journal photo by Andy Nelson-Zaleski)
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