Man arrested in Yo., charged with using dead man’s identity


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A man is set to appear before a court magistrate Thursday after authorities arrested him on charges of assuming a dead man’s identity, according to jail records and a source with the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office.

Police arrested Richard Lewis, 59, Thursday, Aug. 7, after a grand jury secretly indicted him, according to jail and court records.

Authorities believe Lewis used ten or more aliases while committing identity fraud and forgery, according to Mahoning County Assistant Prosecutor Marty Desmond.

Desmond said the man moved in with a woman in the Youngstown area about four years ago and was living under the name of her deceased husband, using his social security number and birth certificate.

The FBI began investigating Lewis after someone noticed that the social security number he listed on a job application belonged to a dead person, according to Desmond.

Lewis’ hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

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