Posing As Dead, Infant Brother, Kansas Man's Convictions Upheld

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A federal judge has upheld the convictions in Kansas against a man who posed for decades as his dead infant brother to escape child support obligations and legal difficulties in Canada.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten rejected on Monday a defense effort to set aside the jury verdict in the case of Leslie Lyle Camick, a telecommunications field engineer who lived in Winfield. A federal jury in January found him guilty of aggravated identity theft, obstruction of justice, mail fraud and wire fraud.

The judge refused to accept the defense argument that Camick committed no identity theft by taking his late brother's name, because that is how everyone knew him in the United States. Marten said a successful deception is still a deception.

Sentencing is April 21.

Posted by Greg Palmer