She thought her husband was dead. Police told her he was living with his new family in Florida.

Washington Post - Twenty-three years had passed since Linda Iseler had seen or heard from her husband. For more than a decade, the Indiana woman had assumed Richard Hoagland — who had mysteriously vanished after 11 years of marriage — was dead.

Gerry Beyer, a law professor at Texas Tech University who studies identity theft, told the Tampa Bay Times that Hoagland's alleged actions are unusual because most identity thieves steal people's names to commit crimes.

He told the paper that because the real Symansky never married or had children made him a "perfect" candidate for identity theft.

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