An Ohio woman has been arrested in Utah on federal charges related to the theft of the identity of a baby who died in infancy, according to our press partners at WBNS-TV in Columbus.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio said Ava Misseldine, 49, is charged with using the infant’s identity to obtain a passport, student pilot license, job as a stewardess, Ohio State University admission and pandemic relief loans, WBNS reported.
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According to court documents, Misseldine stole the identity of a baby who died in 1979 and was buried in a cemetery in Columbus.
In 2003, Missledine allegedly applied for an Ohio ID card and later a Social Security card and driver’s license using the stolen identity.
She then impersonated the stolen identity to obtain the student pilot certificate and US passport, WBNS reported.
Missledine allegedly submitted documents claiming she needed the passport to travel overseas as part of her job as a flight attendant for JetSelect where she was employed under a false identity.
Authorities say Misseldine continued to obtain identity documents under her real and fake names for the next 13 years. An investigation was opened in 2021 when she tried to renew the fraudulent passport, according to WBNS.
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According to court documents, Misseldine obtained approximately $1.5 million in fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program loans in 2020 using his real and fake identities.
His loan applications list his businesses as various bakeries and catering businesses, including his former Sugar Inc. bakeries Cupcakes & Tea Salon in Dublin and Koko Tea Salon & Bakery in New Albany and Easton, WBNS reported.
Authorities say she submitted false documents to back up her loan applications.
Misseldine used money from the pandemic relief loan to buy a home for $647,500 next to Zion National Park in Utah and a home for $327,500 in Michigan, according to WBNS.
In August and September 2021, Misseldine reportedly obtained driver’s licenses in both names after moving to Utah.
Misseldine was charged with passport fraud, social security number fraud, aggravated identity theft and fraud in connection with an emergency, WBNS reported.
She will be transported to Ohio to face her charges in federal court, according to WBNS. Misseldine faces a mandatory minimum sentence of two years and up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
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