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Pennsylvania man accused of identity theft of baby who died in '53

Authorities claim that a western Pennsylvania resident used the Social Security number of an infant who died in 1953 to steal the baby's identity. The man, 59, who lives in Fayette County, has been charged with identity theft and tampering with records. The man allegedly obtained a second driver's license in the infant's name, though authorities are not making clear what they believe the man intended to do with the other license.

According to news reports, the man applied for and received a Pennsylvania driver's license in April 2007 using his name, date of birth and Social Security number. Then, prosecutors claim, he returned to the same driver's license center about a month later to apply for a second license also in his name but with a different Social Security number and date of birth.

After the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation questioned the second application, police began an investigation. They say that the second Social Security number was issued to an infant who died of a burn injury in August 1953. A Social Security number was issued for the infant in 1997 and a Pennsylvania birth certificate was issued in 1994. Police claim that the infant's name was changed to one similar or the same as the accused man in a California court in 1995.

What is not clear in the charges against the suspect is what he was supposedly doing with the infant's identity. There does not appear to be an accusation of drawing Social Security benefits, applying for credit cards or otherwise taking fraudulent advantage of the infant's name besides the driver's license.

Source: Herald Standard, "Police allege 59-year-old stole identity of baby who died in 1953," Jennifer Harr, Oct. 2, 2012

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