John Doe found guilty of impersonation


A mysterious man of sorts is due to be sentenced in September after being found guilty by a federal jury of aggravated impersonation and misuse of a Social Security number.

Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said the “true identity of the former Owego resident has yet to be confirmed.” After a four-day trial, the May 19 jury found that ‘John Doe’ received Supplemental Security Income benefits using the name, date of birth and Social Security number of a veteran of the United States. army homeless living in North Carolina.

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (File)

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (File)

Federal agents said that after determining that the benefits paid to the former Owego resident were under false pretences, they interviewed the defendant who continued to falsely claim that he been the Army vet and he provided officers with a photocopy of the victim’s birth certificate and Social Security card, continuing to claim they were his.

The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on one count of Supplemental Security Income Fraud and a mistrial was declared on that count.

John Doe faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 restitution order for the charges he has been condemned on.

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