For two years, Laura Oglesby, 48, of Missouri, posed as her estranged 22-year-old daughter, secured nearly $ 20,000 in federal loans and scholarships, attended Southwest Baptist University under her daughter’s name – Lauren Ashleigh Hays – and dated guys from college. who would have thought she was in her twenties. After finally getting caught, Oglesby pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud. She was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay restitution to her daughter and to the school. From the New York Times:
His story came to light in August 2018, after the Mountain View Police Department was contacted by authorities in Arkansas. They were looking for Ms Oglesby, who they said stole Ms Hays’ identity in that state in 2017 to commit financial fraud and embezzle more than $ 25,000. Arkansas authorities told Mountain View Police they believed Ms Oglesby was living under a false identity in Mountain View, Missouri, a town about 40 miles north of the Missouri-Arkansas border. .
Mountain View Police investigated and learned Ms Oglesby lived there and worked at a city library, Chief Perkins said.
“She was actually employed here, which was quite odd,” said Chief Perkins. “And that’s how we found out who she was.”
The police then arrested her during a traffic stop. She initially denied being Laura Oglesby, Chief Perkins said, but once they showed her proof that they knew who she was, she admitted it.
“She was running just because she was in a domestic violence relationship, and she had been running for years,” Chief Perkins told police. “We don’t know the story of her life other than what she told us, but we do know what happened here.”
image: Mountain View Police Department