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Woman charged with felonies of stealing another's identity

Charges dealing with identity fraud are more prevalent today as the technological revolution continues to provide better ways of stealing someone's identity. The opportunities for using someone's vital statistics to conduct an identity scam are limited only by the creativity of the thief. In one New Hampshire case, the Concord Police have arrested a 33-year-old state worker for allegedly committing felonies involving stealing another woman's identity for use on a sexual dating site.

Police allege that she created an ad on a dating network for bringing people together for liaisons.  She allegedly used the photo and real name of another woman whom she reportedly knew to create and place an ad for sexual dating and meetings. It is alleged that she searched the Internet for photos and other information on the woman and used it in the sex ad.

Defense counsel will want to isolate out the woman's motive for this behavior. She may have wanted to meet people for sexual encounters but that would seem senseless, because when a meeting would take place the other person would know that it was not the same person. To add to the mystery, mug shots of the woman, who was described as very cooperative by police, present a reasonably attractive woman who would not need to hide behind someone else's photo.

If the allegations are supportable, then the defense will want to center on the defendant's motive and whatever emotional stressors she had during that period. In addition, it may simply be that the accused wanted to harm the victim by exposing her to unwanted notoriety. That could involve jealousy or a revenge motive against the victim.  

The accused is a family services worker for the state of New Hampshire. Barring the emergence of a strong defense exonerating her of these felonies, counsel will likely stress the woman's clean prior record and any mental or emotional pressures that may have weighed her down at the time. It is usually possible to build an impressive list of mitigating circumstances after one or two solid interviews with the client. 

Source: Concord, NH Patch, "NH State Employee Arrested for Identity Fraud", Tony Schinella, Sept. 9, 2016

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