Thursday, June 19, 2008

Justin Leonard Victim of Identity Theft

What would Lloyd Bentsen say? He'd say, "I knew Justin Leonard. Justin Leonard was a friend of mine. And you, sir, are no Justin Leonard!" You know, if you're going to steal a golfer's identity, one key thing to keep in mind is to avoid playing golf.

As first reported in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, a Tarrant County grand jury indicted one Joel Keith Bridger on a charge of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information. He was pretending to be Leonard.

The AP report states:

Bridger's alleged scam last year unraveled only by happenstance, said David Lobingier, an assistant district attorney in the economic crimes unit.

He went to a post office to pick up mail in Leonard's name and flashed his ID, which had Leonard's information but Bridger's photo, Lobingier said.

"The clerk said, 'I know the Leonard family, and you're not Justin Leonard,"' Lobingier said. "To use it where somebody knows you, that's unusual."

Leonard notified PGA Tour security, which contacted the FBI, the prosecutor said.

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