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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Will the Fake Willie Hayes Please Stand Up?

The burial plot of Vietnam War veteran Willie Hayes, who died in September, was found to be occupied by a man who had stolen his identity.

"I called Calverton National Cemetery to make the final arrangements. They gave us clearance to bury him," said [Isaiah] Owens, who owns the Isaiah Owens Funeral Home in central Harlem.

"Two days later, they called the funeral home back and said they couldn't schedule him for interment because they [already] have a Willie Hayes with the same Social Security number and the same date of birth and the same [military] service information."
"I've heard about identity theft in life," said Owens. "I didn't know you could steal a burial plot." [Link]

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