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Man accused of identity theft for allegedly using 7-year-old's name

Sunday, February 24, 2008

CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. -- Police in a Chicago suburb say the Internal Revenue Service has told a 7-year-old boy he owes back taxes on $60,000 because someone else has been using the youngster's identity to collect wages and unemployment benefits.

Officers in suburban Carpentersville said Friday the second-grader's identity has been in use by someone else since 2001.

Detectives have filed a felony identity theft charge against 29-year-old Cirilo Centeno of Streamwood, Ill.

They accuse Centeno of using the boy's personal information to collect more than $60,000 in pay and services while working three jobs. They say he also used the boy's ID to buy a truck, pay bills and even collect unemployment benefits.

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I wonder if similar charges can be filed against parents who also use their kids' identities to have utilities turned on and open charge accounts when their own credit is bad. How does the child overcome this when they grow up?

-- Posted by Missourian on Sun, Feb 24, 2008, at 9:23 AM

I'm mystified as how this can happen.

-- Posted by conservababe on Sun, Feb 24, 2008, at 10:01 AM

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