The 10 Most Intriguing Identity Theft Cases
Consider how difficult it would be to just verify your own identity. Surprisingly, you may be required to do so if you become a victim of identity theft.
Identity thieves will simply appear to be their victims and play the victim's part for whatever exploitations they are looking for, which are usually financial. However, there have been some unusual situations in which the motives for taking identities have gone beyond money.
The following are ten such fascinating identity theft stories that will astound you.
1. Thomas Parkin
Thomas' mother, Irene, died in September 2003 at the age of 73, but the monthly payments continued to be paid until June 2009. Irene was a well-known actress. Thomas used a wig, thick make-up, and his mother’s clothes, as well as a cane, to impersonate his mother.
Thomas was apprehended when he sought to contact a prosecutor in the case of a foreclosure auction while still dressed as his mother, to complain about the person who acquired the flat where he was staying ripping him off for $660,000.
Milton Rimolo was also a part of the Thomas con. He resided with him and pretended to be looking after his "elderly aunt." When Thomas was apprehended, he was 51 years old and charged with 11 felony charges, including real estate fraud, grand larceny, perjury, and forgery.
Thomas received a term of more than 13 years in prison, while his accomplice was caught and sentenced to a year in prison.
2. Ferdinand Demara
Ferdinand was an American impostor who worked as a civil engineer, sheriff's deputy, jail warden, doctor of psychology, lawyer, monk, and other professions throughout his life. He went by the moniker "the great impostor" and disguised himself several times. Ferdinand's impersonation of a Navy doctor was one of his most well-known exploits. Joseph Cyr, a young Canadian doctor, was someone he knew.
During the Korean War, he assumed his identity and boarded a Royal Canadian Navy ship as a trauma surgeon. Because he was the sole surgeon on the board, everyone expected him to assist war victims.
He was able to successfully operate on 16 troops. When he was told he needed to prepare, he went into his room and immediately studied the general surgery textbook. When word of the doctor's accomplishments spread, the mother of the real Dr. Cyr claimed that her son never served in the Korean War and was instead practicing medicine in Brunswick.
After learning that they had an impostor on board, Canadian officials were humiliated and declined to file charges against Demara, who was discreetly forced to leave for the United States.
3. Michael Finkel
Finkel was dismissed from his job after writing a cover story about the African slave trade using a composite human image. Longo had been using Finkel's identity since 2001 when he murdered his wife and three children.
After being dismissed for lying, the journalist decided to interview Longo. He was looking for an explanation for why he had lied while working as a journalist. Longo's interview, he believed, would help him better understand himself.
During the questioning with Finkel, Longo admits to his misdeeds, and the two end up enjoying a pleasant chat. Longo also stated that he hoped for “the actual story” to emerge from the journalistic side.
After the interviews were completed, it provided the basis for the narrative of The True Story, a drama that was released as a film in 2015. Finkel also wrote True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa, a memorial book based on his interviews with the perpetrator, which was released in 2005.
4. Esther Reed
Reed began her identity theft business in 1999 when she went missing under the name Brooke Henson. She had been living under other people's identities for nine years since then.
She pretended to be a European chess champion, dated US Military Academy cadets, obtained a passport, passed all required examinations, including the SAT, and was accepted into Columbia University. She went on to Harvard and California State University after that.
She was eventually apprehended by police in suburban Chicago in February 2008, when they tracked her to a motel by following the automobile she was driving. Reed pretended to be an Iowa driver at first by presenting one of the state's driver's licenses, but she quickly revealed her actual identity.
Following interrogations, police stated that Reed is a very intelligent and intellectual woman. When she was apprehended, she was ordered to pay $125,000 in compensation to the victims and was sentenced to four years in jail. She was 30 years old at the time.
5. Nicholas Barclay
Bourdin was a serial impostor who has impersonated over 500 different identities. The press has dubbed him "The Chameleon," and a film called Imposter is based on his life. Bourdin began living under other people's identities when he was a youngster. Bourdin was reared in Nantes by his grandparents and never met his father.
He ultimately made his way to Paris. Nicholas, a missing Texas teen, was last seen playing basketball with his buddies in San Antonio on June 13, 1994. Bourdin took advantage of the impoverished parents who had lost their kids and lived under his guise for five months, from March 6, 1998, to March 6, 1998. After seeing the boy's ears in 1997, a local detective became suspicious of him.
Because that proof was insufficient, a court order was issued in February 1998 to test the young man's fingerprints and DNA. Bourdin's actual identity was discovered as a result of this. He was then sentenced to six years in jail for the offense. Bourdin's six-year prison sentence was insufficient to deter him from stealing identities.
After his release, he resumed it and moved to France in 2003.
6. Henrique Constantino
Constantino was also a member of the Gol Airlines board of directors. Recifolia, the event, was partially sponsored by Gol, and it drew a large number of celebrities. Ricardo Macchi, Maria Paula, Carolina Dickmann, Amuary, and Joana Prado were among the personalities in attendance. Marcelo pretended to be Constantino and came in a helicopter with two security guards to the event, making friends with the attendees and spending the majority of his time with Ricardo Macchi.
Marcelo leased a plane from Lider and traveled to Rio de Janeiro to meet with another set of celebrities once the event was completed. He drew the notice of the Federal Police and was detained at the Santos Dumont Airport.
7. Barbora Skrlova
Skrlova has been eluding Czech police since 2007 to avoid delivering a statement in a child abuse case. After a woman introduced Skrlova as her son, Skrlova enrolled at a school in Oslo in September.
Teachers stated that they had seen Adam's odd conduct but opted to overlook it because children of this age group can act similarly. Adam mysteriously vanished from school in mid-December, prompting a worldwide search. It was only after this investigation that it was discovered that the child was Skrlova, the Czech Republic's fugitive criminal. In the Arctic city of Tromso, she was apprehended.
8. Raphael Golb
The dispute began when New York University students and professors began receiving letters alleging that Lawrence Schiffman had stolen the work of another Jewish history professor, Norman Golb.
The event sparked a heated dispute over the 2,000year-old scrolls, and it was revealed in 2009 that Raphael was the mastermind behind all of the forgeries. Raphael had created several blogs and 70 bogus email accounts to smear his father's critics. Golb was sentenced to six months in prison in 2010 after being convicted of identity theft and other offenses.
9. Todd Davis
Davis acknowledged that he was the victim of identity theft for the first time in 2007 after disclosing his Social Security Number. The identity thief took out a $500 loan, which was eventually collected by a collection agency.
Since then, several examples of various criminals utilizing Davis' numbers to commit frauds and claim loans have been documented. According to Davis, hundreds of efforts to exploit his personal information had been made, with 13 of them succeeding, but he had not lost any money. The Federal Trade Commission, on the other hand, accused the business of misleading advertising, and the fine was $12 million.
10. Abraham Abdallah
Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Ted Turner, Warren Buffet, George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, and Larry Ellison are among the people on his hit list. Abdallah tracked out the sensitive information and obtained access to their bank, brokerages, and credit cards by using the internet in his local Brooklyn library.
During the investigation, authorities discovered that the Forbes magazine article had all of the necessary information, including the victims' US Social Security numbers.
The thief cloned the identities of these wealthy individuals and set up phony New York addresses for mail delivery for six months. Abdallah refused to plead guilty to the accusations of possessing counterfeit devices, stealing property, and criminal impersonation despite all the facts and evidence.