Pennsylvania Man Charged with Social Security Fraud and Identity Theft

Date: 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania:

Jon Vincent, a/k/a “Nathan Laskoski,” 44, of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, was charged by criminal Information today with one count of Social Security fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. According to the information, after being convicted in the state of Texas, the defendant served a prison term, then escaped from a Texas halfway house in 1996. The information charges that shortly after his escape, the defendant stole the name of the deceased Nathan Laskoski to craft a new identity, obtaining a birth certificate for Laskoski, which he used to apply for a Social Security number in Laskoski’s name. According to the information, the defendant has been living using the deceased victim’s stolen identity since mid-1996. His alleged use of the stolen identity was discovered when a relative of the deceased victim discovered information on the ancestral website “Ancestry.com” indicating that someone was impersonating the decedent.

If convicted, the defendant faces a substantial period of incarceration, a three-year period of supervised release, a fine of up to $500,000 and a special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, the United States Postal Inspection Service and the United States Department of Labor Office of Inspector General, with assistance from the Lansdale Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda R. Reinitz.