by Mike Masnick

Identity Theft Backfires When Stolen Identity Is Worse Than Current One

from the ooops dept

With the rise in identity theft, this was bound to happen sooner or later. A guy with a number of drunk driving convictions stole the identity of his neighbor in order to get a driver's license. What he didn't realize was that his neighbor was a convicted sex offender. A year later, the guy moved, but (of course) didn't register in the new state's (Connecticut) sex offender registry. After being arrested for "disorderly conduct" the lack of registration was noticed, and suddenly he had to convince authorities that he really wasn't the guy whose identity he had stolen. He eventually proved who he really was by his fingerprints. Of course, now he faces charges on fraud and identity theft. Found via boingboing.

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread

  • identicon
    Mr. Fazookus, 15 Oct 2003 @ 6:39pm

    Identity theft

    "A good rule of thumb for an identity thief is not to steal the name of someone whose reputation is worse than yours -- such as a sex offender."

    Great opening line. Must have been a great neighborhood...

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Techdirt Gear
Shop Now: Techdirt Logo Gear
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.