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IRS tries to collect $60,000 tax from child

Child is victim of identity theft
February 23, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Police in a Chicago suburb say the Internal Revenue Service has told a 7-year-old boy he owes back taxes on $60,000 because someone else has been using the youngster's identity to collect wages and unemployment benefits. Officers in suburban Carpentersville said Friday the second-grader's identity has been in use by someone else since 2001.

Detectives have filed a felony identity theft charge against 29-year-old Cirilo Centeno of Streamwood, Ill.

They accuse Centeno of using the boy's personal information to collect more than $60,000 in pay and services while working three jobs.

They say he also used the boy's ID to buy a truck, pay bills and even collect unemployment benefits.