Summerville man stole identities for 10+ years - - Columbia, South Carolina

Summerville man stole identities for 10+ years

(Columbia) February 5, 2007 - A 37-year-old Summerville man who served jail time under a stolen name is now going to jail under his own.

Walter Robert Hawes faces a sentence of 10 years imprisonment and three years supervised release for identity theft.

It started in 1995, when Hawes stole his roommate's birth certificate, Social Security card, and checkbook and fled from Charleston. Using the stolen identifying information, he obtained a North Carolina driver's license in the victim's name.

Hawes assumed this identity completely. He obtained credit cards, bank loans, and utility service in this name, and he paid child support under the assumed name. Hawes married and had a child posing as the victim, and he was convicted of at least three separate crimes and was incarcerated in the victim's name in North Carolina.

Hawes destroyed the victim's credit record and impaired his employment opportunities because he incurred criminal convictions and child support obligations in the victim's name. Eventually, the victim had to get a new Social Security number to clear his credit record and reputation.

After he was confronted by authorities for the identity theft, Hawes fled for 18 months and stole another person's identity.

Posted 8:45pm by Chantelle Janelle

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