A middle-aged Missouri woman pleaded guilty to stealing her estranged daughter's identity to pose as a 22-year-old college student.
Laura Oglesby, 48, used the stolen identity of daughter Lauren Hays beginning in 2016 when she applied for a Social Security card and driver's license under her name, the Western District of Missouri U.S. Attorney's Office said Monday.
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Under the terms of her plea deal, Oglesby faces up to five years in prison, must repay more than $17,500 to Southwest Baptist University where she fraudulently enrolled, and pay restitution to the victim.
Oglesby was arrested in 2018 after using her daughter's identity for two years. She used her name and age to receive federal student loans and date college-aged men while living with a couple who took her in when she claimed to be a victim of domestic abuse. She worked at a local library, which eventually led authorities to discover her ruse.
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“Everybody believed it,” Mountain View Police Chief Jamie Perkins said. “She even had boyfriends that believed that she was that age: 22 years old.”