OGDEN (ABC 4 News) - After years of waiting, a Utah family will finally watch an identity thief answer for her crimes against a 5-year-old boy.
Carter Andrushko of Harrisville is one of the many Utah children who've had their identity stolen. In his case, it happened years before he was born.
"I still think this is a nightmare and I'm going to wake up tomorrow and it will have just been a bad dream," said Jennifer Andrushko, Carter's mom. "Unless you know the name of the perpetrator you're not going to get very far."
The perpetrator in this case is Lidia Aguirre, also known as Lidia Chavez, who is unlawfully in the United States. Using Carter's social security number, Ms. Aguirre illegally obtained jobs with a number of employers including T.J. Maxx and the Zermatt resort in Midway. She is currently facing two counts of identity fraud and one count of forgery. All three charges are third degree felonies. She'll be sentenced Monday morning in Park City.
Jennifer discovered the problem three years ago, although, Carter's social security number was stolen well before then. In fact, the 5-year-old boy is listed by the Utah Department of Workforce Services as already having a job.
"The first file was opened in 1999," said Andrushko.
Trying to hunt down Carter's perpetrator has been a separate full-time job for Jennifer. The emotional toll it has taken on her family has been just as tough.
"From anger to disgust, wondering how somebody could do this to another person," said Andrushko.
Carter's social security number is just one of two Ms. Aguirre has been using illegally.
"They most likely do not even know they're a victim," said Andrushko.
With Carter's SSN, Ms. Aguirre, who has five children, has been able to receive medial care. She also has a number of jail bookings on her record.
"She would have continued to rip my son's future apart piece by piece if she had not been caught."
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