10 Unbelievable Identity Theft Cases

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You see the logic. To prepare these returns, the conspirators used personal identification information PII stolen from about individuals. Michel previously pled guilty to one count of access device fraud. In thirteen percent of all complaints were related to identity theft. In September , he was returned to the United States to face prosecution. She received no help from the Australian embassy or the international community whatsoever , beyond being issued a new passport number to "protect her privacy.

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Gerald Barnbaum lost his pharmacist license after committing Medicaid fraud. He stole the identity of Dr. Gerald Barnes and practiced medicine under his name. A type 1 diabetic died under his care. Mark Tufano got his joy ride by impersonating famed actors like Gary Oldman, in which he sent a video of himself as Gary Oldman portraying Andy Kaufman; it fooled the man who actually wanted Oldman to portray Kaufman in Man On The Moon.

The real Gary Oldman caught wind of the scam and got it busted. This drug smuggler impersonated Henrique Constantino, the brother of the CEO of the airline Gol Airlines, enjoying the high life but then getting busted after sleeping with a woman who actually knew the real Constantino.

Margot Somerville lost her wallet on a trolley. Two years later she was arrested. Sometimes the crimes are so elaborate and the consequences are so strange and unpredictable that it almost makes us want to cancel all our credit cards, forfeit all our licenses and live in a hole in the earth with pillowcases full of cash, surviving entirely on boiled tree roots and stale urine. Advertisement 8 Brittany Ossenfort Gets Arrested. Living with a roommate is almost always tough.

What you save on rent and groceries you lose on alone time, a lack of policing on your around-the-house nudity and a general sense of security; there's another person here who has keys and knows exactly when you sleep.

But Brittany Ossenfort thought she was past all that, and with good reason. She and her roommate, Michelle, had met through mutual friends which is like the center tile of "Please Don't Be a Creepy Murderer" bingo , and became good friends themselves. Sure, Brittany thought it was a bit strange when Michelle started to dress like her, and had her hair dyed and styled to match Brittany's. And when Michelle got a matching tattoo on her hand, yes, a few alarm bells were probably clanging around somewhere in the back of Brittany's mind, sort of like when you get an emoticon-filled picture comment from a stranger on Facebook whose profile image is him cleaning a knife.

Still, their friendship and cohabitation continued on undaunted for a year. That all changed when Brittany Ossenfort got a call at work asking her to bail Brittany Ossenfort out of jail. Brittany briefly entertained the idea that she might be Timecopping herself, but tossed that out the window when investigators did some actual investigating and discovered that the "Brittany Ossenfort" in custody was actually Michelle, who had been arrested on prostitution charges and had given Brittany's name and information to the police.

Even more sleuthing by these crackerjack investigators uncovered the fact that Michelle's real name was Richard Phillips. Otherwise known as "Dick. Unfortunately, even after her identity was cleared up and the police were able to agree that the real Brittany was not, in fact, the person they had arrested, Brittany's name could not be removed from the arrest record. Apparently, once an inmate is booked into a facility, whatever name that person is booked under cannot be changed or amended for any reason, even if they had their identity stolen, or had been Timecopped.

It's uh, last name 'Cop,' first name 'Time. Luckily, Brittany has paperwork that she can carry around with her at all times should she ever get stopped by the police. Anndorie Sachs was a mother of four enrolled at the University of Utah when she received a call from a gravely serious Child Protective Services representative informing her that she was under investigation because her newborn baby had tested positive for methamphetamines.

Sachs was confused by this information, because as far as she knew, she hadn't given birth in years and had never taken methamphetamines two things that tend to stick out in a person's memory. Getty "Honey, did you start taking meth and then give birth? Maybe to the meth. When she told CPS as much, they refused to believe her, and began an in-depth investigation into her life, questioning her employers and her family, and even interrogating the four kids she had who weren't shrouded in mystery apparently their "in-depth" investigation included scaring and intimidating young children, but not a DNA test or a medical exam.

All the while, they were threatening to declare her an unfit, drug-addicted mother and take her children away. As the investigation dragged on, it came to light that Sachs' car had recently been broken into, and her driver's license had been stolen.

The thief was a pregnant meth addict who took the stolen license and marched it to the local hospital to give birth under Sachs' identity , even putting Sachs' name on the birth certificate before strolling back out into the world to continue not giving one haggard shit about the life she'd just farted into existence.

Via CBS News Feast your eyes on the horrors of a meth addict's meticulously clean, well-furnished kitchen. Even after this was discovered, Social Services was still unwilling to accept that Sachs wasn't the mother , though to their credit, they finally did a DNA test to prove once and for all that she wasn't. And the battle to clear her medical records may never end, because if you become a victim of medical identity theft, your personal information can be changed by the person who stole your identity.

More time, money and vigilance have been put into protecting Battle. Getty "People with babies can't lie. Nicole McCabe , an Australian woman who had been living in Israel with her husband for two and half years, was six months pregnant and happily awaiting the birth of her baby when she heard over the radio that she was one of 26 people implicated in the assassination of Hamas chief Mahmoud al-Mabhouh , who was wanted by the Israeli government for murder and arms dealing.

Mahmoud had been smothered to death with a pillow in his hotel room in Dubai always a man job. Despite the fact that McCabe had not left Israel in over six months and that trip had been to Australia, not Dubai , Interpol happily added this year-old pregnant lady to their most-wanted list for murdering a high-ranking war criminal with her bare hands.

Getty "This is so sweet of you, but do you think we can make it quick? I have a murder appointment at 7. Further investigation linked the assassination to Mossad, an elite Israeli covert force made famous by Eric Bana in Munich. In order to have access to al-Mabhouh and not be sprayed with bullets like Sonny Corleone on an infinite loop the instant they set foot in the airport, Mossad stole the passports of 26 individuals with clean records and gave them to their assassins to enter Dubai.

Nicole McCabe's was just one of the passports they swiped. Her eyes say 'I could kill a motherfucker,' but her hair says 'I'd rather party'. When the plan was uncovered, however, McCabe and her fellow victims were left holding the bag.

She received no help from the Australian embassy or the international community whatsoever , beyond being issued a new passport number to "protect her privacy. Even worse, her passport was never actually physically stolen -- all the information was gathered from another source somewhere in the system, meaning there was absolutely nothing she could have done to prevent it.

Harrun Majeed , a year Navy veteran working toward a degree at a community college, drove out to the local Publix supermarket to buy his son a birthday cake, because when you live in a town that has a Publix, your birthday cake options are limited to either buying one from the Publix or baking one from couch stuffing and a jar of fresh tears. Yes, the very same Stockton doctor. Barnbaum was caught again, served time again, got out, and stole another identity. Yes, it was also Barnes's.

He really, really liked that identity. That or he was too lazy to learn a new fake signature. In total, Barnbaum impersonated Barnes for close to 20 years. Maybe he thought it worked like squatting laws -- if you stay in an identity long enough, you get to keep it. Perkin Warbeck was a servant boy in 15th-Century Belgium.

The job took him all over Europe, from France to Portugal and eventually Ireland, where he worked for a silk merchant who let Perkin wear some of his wares. And those fancy clothes almost started a war. Apparently, hanging around bluebloods rubbed off on Warbeck. He knew the etiquette, had the garb, and could do a passable fancy lad impression. And that's all it took for folks to believe he was the rightful king of England.

The anti-Henry group figured they could pass Perkin off as the son of Edward IV , whose line many thought had a legitimate claim to the English throne. Both the Kings of France and Scotland totally vouched for the guy, because seriously, he wore the hell out of that silk.

This leant him so much legitimacy that when Perkin visited Vienna, he received the full royal treatment -- even though the guy he was pretending to be still wasn't the king. John Everett Millais One of these two. The enemies of Henry VII later tried to use Perkin to rouse a few armies against the King, and though they had one or two small victories, nothing really came from it.

Perkin was eventually captured and hanged at age 25, thus providing us with the moral of the story: Don't dress well, or you will die brutally. Most of us hated high school, and if you loved high school, you're probably one of the reasons we hated it. Not Treva Throneberry, though. She loved high school so much that she successfully conned her way into at least five of them over the course of 15 years. The last time she did it, at the Evergreen High School in Vancouver in , she was 28 years old.

AP Almost old enough to play a teenager on TV. She would roll into town, tell a local church that she was a runaway with a history of abuse, and let the nice people help enroll her in school. Then, once she graduated, she'd bolt, find a different city, and become a year-old all over again. She'd essentially invented a fountain of youth, if only technically.

Throneberry pulled the con from Texas to Idaho, Oregon, and finally Canada. There she made some friends, joined the tennis team, and, creepiest of all, got a boyfriend half her age.

AP Her prom dress was older than her prom date. As for why she did it, well, all signs point to severe mental issues and a fear of growing up. Thankfully, the government fixed the latter by arresting Throneberry after she tried to apply for a Social Security card and someone ran her fingerprints.

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