Jon Vincent, 44, turned over a new leaf and the result could be a long stint in jail. In a modern twist to a classic criminal tactic, Vincent is accused to adopting the name of a deceased baby to assume a new identity while on the lam from a prison escape. However, the name Nathan Laskoski came up on an ancestry search of the baby’s aunt. That “leaf” led her — and ultimately the police — to the Pennsylvania man. For her, the company motto of “who will you discover” is a bit more of a surprise than that second cousin twice removed in Pittsburgh.
Nathan Laskoski died at two months old in Texas in December 1972 but his identity was grabbed by Vincent after he escaped from a halfway house in 1996. Vincent had been convicted of indecency with a child.
Vincent followed the script line of a dozen movies in using the dead baby’s identity to acquire a social security number. He then moved around under the assumed identity to Mississippi, Tennessee; and Pennsylvania. Not only did he acquire a driver’s license under the assumed name but got married under the name. He worked as a nurse’s aide with a license in the State of Pennsylvania. It reads like the plot out of the movie “A History of Violence”:
The real Nathan’s aunt was shocked to get a “green leaf” on Ancestry.com and told Nathan’s mother. The mother then went into the matter deeper to find the various documents under her dead son’s name and filed an identity theft complaint with the Social Security Administration.
The SSA’s Office of Inspector General then took the investigation forward.
Notably, his counsel, Felicia Sarner, appears to be conceding guilt on the assumed identify but insists that Vincent “was a very young man when this matter first arose, and he deeply regrets the poor judgment he exercised back then.”
He could face up to five years in jail for social security fraud with added time for aggravated identity theft.