BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WALA) - A 25-year-old man was convicted of stealing his aunt’s identity and running up thousands of dollars in telephone bills.
A Baldwin County jury deliberated about two and a half hours before finding Corey Lee Martin, of Falkville, Ala., guilty of identity theft, a felony which carries a potential sentence of 2-20 years in prison.
“Mr. Martin used his aunt’s indentifying information to open an AT&T cell phone account with five lines,” said Assistant District Attorney Chandra Paul, who prosecuted the case. “The phone bill was over $2,000 before she became aware of it and filed a fraud report.” Paul said that Martin had done this to the same victim in the past but that charges were not filed in those cases."
“Identity theft perpetrated by family members is more common than one might think. A study by the Federal Trade Commission reports that 16 percent of identity theft victims were related to, worked with or otherwise knew the perpetrator,” said Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon. “I am glad that the victim finally stood up for herself and did not allow her nephew to continue preying on her.”
Sentencing is set for October 24.
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