Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Man posed as dead brother for 20 years

Man posed as dead brother for 20 years: "A 67-year-old man has been fined $1,000 for impersonating his dead brother during a traffic stop.

George Smith pleaded guilty to fraudulently impersonating someone else to avoid arrest, and misleading police by falsely identifying himself.

He was pulled over on Jan. 21, 2008, and gave a police officer his vehicle registration and insurance papers with his real name."

But he claimed he was his brother James, and had picked up his brother's car from a body shop as a favour.

When the officer did a driver's licence check for George Smith and saw the photo resembled the driver, he became suspicious.

Smith swore at the officer upon being questioned and claimed he was being unfairly hassled.

A subsequent investigation revealed that James Smith died in 1988, and his George Smith's driver's licence has been suspended since 1984.

When confronted, Smith said he'd been using his brother's name for the last 20 years.