Thomas and Margaret Laskoski lost their infant son in 1972. He was three months old. But when Margaret’s sister started investigating the family’s history on Genealogy.com, she found something unexpected.
The son, Nathan, showed up on the site. According to the site, he was alive and twice married.
The parents went into their local Social Security office in Texas and discovered that someone had been using their deceased son’s name and Social Security number for more than 20 years.
The identity thief pleaded guilty in May of this year to Social Security fraud and aggravated identity theft crimes. But why did he commit identity theft? He was convicted of indecency with a child in 1991 and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was paroled halfway through his sentence and escaped from a halfway house in 1996. After that, he went to a graveyard and found a tombstone with a similar birthdate to his. From then on, he became Nathan Laskoski.
Identity Theft Crimes in Texas
When someone uses someone else’s personal identification information without permission, identity fraud has occurred. This can include name, address, driver’s license information, Social Security number, financial information and more.
The penalties in Texas for this crime can include thousands of dollars in fines as well as prison time. However, if you have been accused of identity fraud, a qualified criminal defense attorney can help. There are several defenses to charges of identity fraud, including:
- Lack of intent to deceive or harm another individual
- Mistake of fact
- Age (minors may receive lighter punishments under the law if convicted)
- Mental incapacity
If you are charged with the crime of identity fraud in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, our law firm can assist you in getting your charges reduced or dismissed. We serve clients in Allen, Arlington, Carrollton, Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Irving, McKinney, and Plano.