Have you ever lost your wallet or purse, even for a few minutes? Frustration and panic set in almost immediately as you try to recall the last time you used your bank card or credit card. Instantly sick to your stomach until you find your belongings.
What if you lost your wallet decades ago? That happened to a North Carolina man and, last fall, Federal Officials located a suspect in New York State that has been using his identity for 20 years. Even worse? The victim is a United States military veteran.
The suspect is a bit of a mystery. Yes, they caught the individual they believe is their man but who is he? Authorities don't even know as the suspect won't give up his real name. He is now being referred to as "John Doe".
According to Syracuse.com, John Doe was placed into custody in the Fall of 2021 for allegedly stealing a quarter of a million dollars in military benefits and Social Security benefits over a period of 20 years.
One theory is that the victim lost his wallet 20 years ago and somehow John Doe got it and stole the man's identity. Doe was nearly caught many times. Social Security would cease his payments because someone of the same name and identity was already collecting. John Doe would explain that he never served and they would restore the benefits.
John Doe is accused of stealing approximately $250,000 in benefits. Today Doe is in prison serving at least 2 years for multiple counts of identity theft. He continues to hide his true identity.
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