CINCINNATI - When it comes to identity theft, criminals are typically looking for a quick hit. Usually its from someone the victim knows. But according to Cincinnati Police, one man has assumed the life of another for the past 14 years.
"This guy was extensive as far as the things that he did to steal this guys identity," said Detective Stewart Isaacs with the Financial Crimes Squad.
Since 1999, police say that Joseph Hadley has been living as the victim, Bradley Scott. Hadley had allegedly got a drivers license, filed for workman's compensation, and was avoiding child support payments by having the victim's accounts pay for it. Scott receives disability benefits from the Ohio.
"[Scott] received notification that the payments being received from the state were being garnished, because he was to take care of a child that he never fathered."
"A lot of these criminals are very intelligent, unfortunately it's used the wrong way," said Isaacs. "He's used those smarts to lead a life of crime."
Issacs added that Hadley's occupation is living as Scott.
"I don't know if he is a violent offender or not, but for someone to be so brazen as to take someones identity and to live someones life for so many years, I wouldn't put anything past this particular person," said Isaacs.
While police know who they are looking to arrest, they do not know where to find Hadley. Investigators have asked for the publics help. Should you know the whereabouts of Joseph Hadley, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040
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