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October 13, 2007

Citizen gets 10 years for using fake persona

Do you think an illegal alien would have gotten 10 years in the slam for using a bogus persona to escape an inconvenient past? Probably not. Something is very wrong when US citizens are getting rapped harder for doing the same sort of thing scads of illegals do all the time.

...Except for the fact that Sharma wasn't using his legal name and Social Security number, he seemed to be an upstanding citizen. His bills were paid on time. The Social Security number he invented had the same digits as his own but in a different order; he eventually obtained a Florida driver's license, credit and debit cards, checks and a counterfeit Social Security card, all bearing the name Peter Reynolds.

Sharma used them to open bank accounts with Bank of America and Chase Manhattan Bank, obtain credit cards, and obtain utilities--including with Cox Communications--for his apartment. He even began the process of buying a house from Pulte Homes for $242,000.

But eventually, police in Maricopa County, Ariz., found out about his use of the name Peter Reynolds and charged him with three felonies...


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