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Parents charged with using kids’ identity to rack up debt

BATH, N.Y. (AP) — A couple has been charged with identity theft after the man’s son applied for a college loan and discovered his credit rating had been ruined by unpaid utility bills and credit card debts.

New York State Police on Thursday say 44-year-old Thomas Cash and his wife, 39-year-old Alisha Cash, were arrested in Madison County, Alabama and extradited to face fraud charges in New York. Both are in Steuben County Jail. It could not be determined if they have a lawyer.

Investigators say the couple opened numerous accounts over five years while living in Hammondsport, New York, using the identities of their three children under 18 who didn’t live with them.

Police say they racked up nearly $10,000 in unpaid utility bills. The children were unaware of the scheme until one applied for a loan.

Associated Press

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