Ancestry.com helps family uncover identity thief

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Federal prosecutors say he’s also lived in Mississippi and Tennessee under his assumed name, holding jobs, getting drivers’ licenses and even getting married and divorced.

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Vincent’s public defender hasn’t commented.

PITTSBURGH — Federal prosecutors say the mother of a baby who died in Texas in 1972 discovered that a Pennsylvania man had assumed the child’s identity by looking on Ancestry.com.

Laskoski’s mother was doing an Ancestry.com search late last year and found a “green” leaf on the family tree for him — meaning he was alive.
Prosecutors say Vincent stole Nathan Laskoski’s identity after escaping from a Texas halfway house to start another life. Forty-four-year-old Jon Vincent was arrested in Lansdale, near Philadelphia, on Monday.

Prosecutors say he first obtained a Social Security card as Nathan Laskoski in 1996.

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