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May 11, 2007

a mother of an Identity Theft problem

Filed under: Haiga or Haibun,Haiku or Senryu,lawyer news or ethics — David Giacalone @ 1:01 pm

update (3 PM): Forty poems from our Honored Guest Poets can be found in the brand new f/k/a’s Mother’s Day Haiku Collection.  

AvoidIDTheft It seems that mothers don’t just shape our identity, these days, they steal it, too.  My hometown newspaper has a story today about a mother who stole her 2-year-old’s identity in order to set up utility and phone accounts, and then skipped out, ruining the child’s credit rating.  (The [Schenectady, NY] Daily Gazette, “Mom accused of toddler ID theft,” May 11, 2007, p. B1, $ub.)  At the time of the arrest, the child had already been taken from the mother, Hope C. Maxwell (27 years old), by our county Child Protective Services, for unrelated reasons.  It never occurred to me that parental ID theft would be a widespread problem.  Apparently, it is.  For example, see:

  1.       “Identity Thieves’ Newest Target Children: Targeted Kids Often Learn of Destroyed Credit Years Later,” ABC World News, Feb. 7, 2006, where you will learn of a woman whose mother ran up $150,000 in debt on a credit care taken out in the child’s name, when the girl was 8 years old.  The daughter only found out when she tried to buy a car at the age of 20.
  2.       “Child Identity Theft,”  Inside Edition, May 10, 2005, where you’ll meet Shiloh Puckett of Rockwall, Texas.  Shiloh is ten, but is already listed on credit reports as being $14,000, thanks to her Mother, who served six months in prison on forgery and fraud charges after running up the bad debt on at least 17 credit cards. Note: “Puckett insists she only used her daughter’s credit to pay for necessities.”
  3.        Young Entrepeneurs of America: The same Inside Edition episode focused on Bryce Dalton, whose father got Bryce a business license for a contracting company called “Dalton & Sons”, when he was only three.  Of course, daddy ran up unpaid debts related to the business, and to a few credit cards in Bryce’s name.

#1Mom If you want to be ID-theft savvy, and your mama didn’t teach you, go to the Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft Website , which has lots of information on how to DETER identity thieves by safeguarding your information; DETECT suspicious activity by routinely monitoring your financial accounts and billing statements; and DEFEND against ID theft as soon as you suspect a problem.  You might want to take the OnGuard Online ID Theft Quiz (maybe with your kids).  Also, shlep has links to materials on identify theft and security fraud information.  Meanwhile, kids, be careful who gets to see your Social Security Number.  

Mother’s Day
the florist adds kisses
to my card
………. by Hilary Tann – Upstate Dim Sum (2005/II)


mother’s day  
a nurse unties
the restraints

…………………………… by roberta bearyThe Heron’s Nest VII:2
and Big Sky: Red Moon Anthology 2006


pity the daughters of beautiful mothers the years spent waiting to
grow into a beauty that never comes the sympathetic looks finally
understood at the moment when childhood ends

mother’s visit
side by side we outline
our lips


– haibun [prose with poem] by roberta beary, Modern Haiku Vol. 37:1 (Spring 2006) –



that spanking she gave    MomTwins50 2  Mama G.
the wrong twin —
all the other days

…………….. by dagosan


           Believe me, there is no connection between Mama G. and such financial hanky-panky.  But, with Mother’s Day only two days away, I want to send her my love and to remind you that we posted “a few haiku for mother’s day” In May 2005. In addition, later today, I will put up a much larger Mother’s Day Haiku Collection.  Check back here for the link.

Mother’s Day visit
  bringing home her smile
                    and her frown

. ………………………….. by dagosan, at MagnaPoets (May 11, 2007)

HaigaTulipsGS   orig. haiga at MagnaPoets (May 10, 2007)      

on mother’s day –
grandma’s favorite park

poem: david giacalone
photo: arthur giacalone



  1. okay, now that’s adding insult to injury. you have got to be kidding me. i recently received a letter b/se my name is on the media that was stolen in the State of Ohio debacle. i’ll tell ya’, that really ticked me off. But your own parents? that would horrific. shame on them.

    Comment by paul — July 21, 2007 @ 11:05 pm

  2. This post really help people to be aware. Thanks for this post. Keep it up.

    Comment by GOOD — March 12, 2008 @ 4:37 am

  3. This is horrible. We must be aware of these thieves. Thanks for sharing this.

    Comment by Karen — March 17, 2008 @ 3:29 am

  4. Identity theft or fraud is really alarming, we must be careful with this. There are many ways how the thieves took your identity and use it for whatever they want it. They can also take your properties and money through this. A very alarming situation..

    Comment by Dannie — June 22, 2008 @ 9:50 pm

  5. Parents are supposed to be the ultimate guardians responsible for their kids. As one happens to follow the notion that physical and psychological harm to children is often done by parents, we can safely say that financial harm can be added to that list. What gives a parent a right to mess with his or her child’s credit and financial future? Nothing. It is plainly unacceptable to do so. A break of trust and unjust anguish awaits the kids that are the victims of child identity theft.

    White collar crimes, like identity theft, are being more recognized by law enforcement agencies, courts, and corrections systems world wide. Id theft and child id theft seems to be the new fad in the dark world of crime. But if you are thinking of buying yourself a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, or just plain groceries using your kid’s identity, BEWARE! You will most likely get caught, sooner or later, and if you won’t, your kids will surely be happy to give you a black eye, followed by an extensive criminal investigation, and lawsuits charging for the credit cleanup.

    My 2 Cents

    Radek M. Gadek

    Comment by Identity Theft Blogger — August 30, 2008 @ 3:28 am

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