Man Steals ID of Sex Offender
CLINTON, Conn. (AP) -- A good rule of thumb for an identity thief is not to steal the name of someone whose reputation is worse than yours, such as a sex offender.
Police said James Perry stole the name and identity of a neighbor who turned out to be a convicted sex offender.
Perry stole the identity of Robert Kowalski in order to obtain a drivers license, police said. Perry was living in Florida at the time and Kowalski was his neighbor.
Perry had four drunken driving arrests which he believed would make it difficult to get a license legally in Connecticut, police said.
Perry moved to Connecticut about a year ago and things went well until Perry was arrested for disorderly conduct.
A routine computer check found that "Kowalski" was a convicted sex offender in Michigan and not registered as required with the state of Connecticut.
Every bit of identification in his possession labeled the suspect as "Kowalski," but man himself was adamant that he was not a convicted sex offender, police said.
Finally, a check of his fingerprints revealed "Kowalski" to be James Perry.
Perry was released from Superior Court in Middletown Thursday on a promise to appear for his next court date Oct. 10 on charges of criminal impersonation, with charges of identity theft and forgery.
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