Alleged ID Thieves Target Family Members

Like many other crimes, identity theft is often perpetrated by a family member of the victim. Sometimes the goal is financial gain. However, other times the would-be ID thief simply wants to keep criminal charges or other legal consequences from being attached to their real name. Here are some recent cases of people who kept their alleged identity theft within the family.

Kansas man faces 30 years for stealing war-hero dad's ID

A Kansas man was convicted of stealing his father's identity to apply for a home loan, WIBW reports.

Prosecutors say Matthew Williams was going through bankruptcy proceedings while he was using his father's personal information to get a home loan. Williams also claimed he was an Army veteran who had received the Purple Heart for valor. His father, Earl Williams, earned a Purple Heart and other commendations for his service in Vietnam and Desert Storm.

Matthew Williams was convicted of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. He faces more than 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million at sentencing.

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Man accused of using brother's name to keep his criminal record clean

A West Virginia man was held on identity theft charges after using his brother's identity when police found marijuana at his apartment, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Knanh Nguyen went through the criminal justice system as his brother, Anh Nguyen, authorities say. Under his brother's name, Knahn was indicted, convicted and sentenced for possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Anh lives in Louisiana and has no criminal record, while Knanh has two prior felonies.

While Knanh was serving jail time posing as his brother, immigration officials conducting a fingerprint check discovered the fraud.

Knanh was sentenced to three years for identity theft, plus a one- to three-year sentence for violating his probation.

Day care shut down after worker suspected of using mother's ID

Louisiana state officials revoked a day care facility's license after one worker was suspected of using her mother's identity with Department of Education officials and state police, reports.

Alica Monique Robinson was arrested on suspicion of identity theft and forgery. Robinson showed educational officials a fake driver's license in the name of her mother, Bertha Morgan. Officials reached out to state police when the ID photo didn't match Morgan's photo on the day care's licensing application.

State police arrested Robinson when she told troopers she was Morgan and tried to use the fake ID again.

Ohio woman arrested for allegedly using her sister's name to avoid theft charges

An Ohio woman was arrested on identity theft charges after using her sister's name to avoid theft charges on her record, according to the Sandusky Register.

Ember N. Koerner allegedly tried to steal $104 from a taxi service. When she was arrested, taken to jail and arraigned, authorities say Koerner used her sister's name. Her sister informed the Sheriff's department of the alleged fraud. Deputies say Koerner admitted to using her sister's name when confronted.

Suspected burglary accomplice gives brother's name at arrest

A Connecticut man arrested in connection with an attempted burglary used his brother's identity when arrested, the Norwalk Reflector reports.

Michael D. Dickman, 27 pleaded guilty to attempted burglary. Arrested with him was Jason R. Wolford, who is being charged with complicity to attempted burglary and identity theft. Authorities say the identity theft charge stems from Wolford giving officers his brother's information because he had warrants under his own name.

Wolford also was arrested on three warrants for previous charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and domestic violence. His trial date is October 6.

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