10 Most Shocking Cases of Identity Theft and Impersonation

10. Bari Nessel

Bari Nessel was a seemingly reputable editor of a lifestyle magazine who moonlighted as an identity thief in the late 1990s. Nessel’s first foray into the world of identity theft was when writer Linda Foley applied to the magazine to review restaurants. As was standard for most places of employment she had applied to in the past, when Nessel asked Foley for her social security number, date of birth and a copy of her driver’s licence, Foley obliged. Nessel promptly used this private information to open up numerous credit cards in her name destroying Foley’s credit rating in the process. After being caught and charged with 31 counts of identity fraud Nessel merely received probation. Perhaps due to her lax sentencing Nessel moved to Texas where she was arrested again in 2003 for identity theft. This time she received over three years in prison.
10. Bari Nessel