Bankrupt father, 49, is responsible for stealing the identity of his 14-year-old son and earning $ 120,000 in debt within six years
- Michael Trichilo Sr., 49, was charged with 18 counts, including identity theft and fraud on Friday in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
- His son Michael Trichilo Jr., now 22, warned the authorities after he noticed that his credit rating had been destroyed by someone with access to his social security data
- The police say that Trichilo Sr. has built up debt on his son's account for six years
- Trichilo Jr. can be held liable for his father's actions if he takes no responsibility
A bankrupt father has been accused of having stolen the identity of his 14-year-old son and putting him in a $ 120,000 debt.
Bills were filed against Michael Trichilo Sr. on Friday in Scranton, Pennsylvania, after his namesake, Michael Trichilo Jr., discovered that someone with access to his social security information had seriously damaged his creditworthiness.
The authorities say that for the past six years, Trichilo Sr. has begun to use the identity of his now 22-year-old son, during which time he managed to collect $ 120,000 in debt under the accounts of Trichilo Jr.
The victim reportedly first noticed a problem with his credit when he was 16 and unsuccessfully searched for a loan for his first car.
A credit check revealed that he had a substantial amount of outstanding loans and unpaid credit card accounts that were allegedly owned by Trichilo Sr, who had filed for bankruptcy the year before, but allegedly kept indebted to his son.
Michael Trichilo Sr. has been accused of having stolen the identity of his son Michael Trichilo Jr. at the age of 14 and deposited him in $ 120,000 in the following six years.
Trichilo Sr. reported to the Courthouse in Lackawanna County on Friday to fight 18 crimes, including identity theft and fraud.
His son initially refused to cooperate in the investigation and told detectives that according to his father he did not want to file a complaint against his father WNEP, but he changed earlier this year when he thought he had no other choice.
WNEP reported that Trichilo Jr. could be liable for his father's reckless expenses if he did not accept responsibility.
Trichilo Sr. is said to have failed to honor the commitments to remedy the financial disaster, so his family had contacted the authorities.
The suspect has been released without bail and will appear in court this week.
Michael Trichilo Sr (right) can be seen above in a family photo next to the namesake son (left). He is accused of posing as six years after the father has filed for bankruptcy
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