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Ancestry.com Helps Family of Dead Boy Find Man Posing as Him

From people discovering birth parents to finding unexpected relatives to learning their ethnic makeup, ancestry.com is using family history to reveal many incredible things. Here's just one example.

A Pennsylvania man who assumed the identity of a baby who died in Texas in 1972 was arrested on charges of Social Security fraud and aggravated identity theft after the child's aunt discovered the ruse through Ancestry.com, federal authorities said.

Jon Vincent, 44, was arrested in Lansdale, near Philadelphia, on Monday. A federal magistrate on Wednesday ordered him to appear for an arraignment May 2.

Prosecutors said Vincent stole Nathan Laskoski's identity after escaping from a Texas halfway house in March 1996 and used his new name to start another life. Vincent had been convicted in Texas of indecency with a child, though the precise sentence he was serving wasn't immediately clear, said Michele Mucellin, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia.

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