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Man Stole Deceased Children's IDs, $447,000

DATA LOSS—NEW ZEALAND

March 23, 2012

An 82-year-old man was sentenced Thursday at the Auckland District Court for using the identities of dead children to apply for government benefits. Colin Diedrichs, who will spend three years and two months in prison, hid a total of $447,000 in 29 different bank accounts across the span of 22 years. The Department of Internal Affairs eventually caught Diedrichs by using facial recognition software to determine that his face was on more than one passport. Police then became involved. The head of the Social Development Ministry said the system is much more advanced than it was 20 years ago and now applicants are matched against birth and death registries, The New Zealand Herald reports.
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