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Video: Mother, son accused of using dead man’s personal information to rent Orlando apartment


THE CENTER OF THE CLAREMONT HIGHLANDER BUILDING WILL CLOSE AT 7 PM. YOU CAN GET HELP WITH A CURRENT AND NEW FEMA CLAIM OR GET ASSISTANCE WITH A LOAN FROM A SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION. A MOTHER AND SON NOW FACE CHARGES FOR USING A DEAD MAN’S IDENTITY TO APPLY FOR CREDIT CARDS AND RENTING AN APARTMENT. INVESTIGATORS SAY IT HAPPENED WHEN SOMEONE REDIRECTED THE DEAD MAN’S MALE WITHOUT HIS WIDOW’S PERMISSION. CHANNEL 9’S MIKE MANZONI IS LIVE AT THE POST OFFICE IN COLLEGE PARK . THIS IS THE SECOND TIME IN THREE WEEKS INVESTIGATORS SAY SOMEONE USED MAIL FORWARDING TO RIP SOMEONE OFF. Reporter: THE FEDS CHARGED A SEMINOLE COUNTY WOMAN WHO THEY SAY DID SOMETHING SIMILAR. YOU JUST HAVE TO SWING BY ANY POST OFFICE AND PICK UP ONE OF THESE CHANGE OF ADDRESS FORMS. YOU CAN FILL THIS OUT ONLINE. IT IS ILLEGAL TO FORWARD SOMEONE ELSE’S MAIL WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION BUT INVESTIGATORS SAY THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT SOMEONE DID TO AN ORLANDO MAN DAYS AFTER HE DIED. THIS STORY STARTED AT FLORIDA HOSPITAL IN SEPTEMBER 2016. THAT IS WHERE CAROL FOSKETT’S HUSBAND JOE DRIED — DIED AFTER A LONG ILLNESS. FAST-FORWARD EIGHT DAYS AND THAT IS WHEN A MAIL CARRIER TOLD FOSKETT THAT SOMEONE RECENTLY FORWARDED HER HUSBAND’S MAIL TO A TEXAS ADDRESS. MOTHER AND SON MARIE PAYNE AND CLAUDE BERNARD SOMEHOW GOT A HOLD OF FOSKETT’S DEAD HUSBAND’S PERSONAL INFORMATION. IT IS UNCLEAR IF PAIN AND BERNARD OR SOMEONE ELSE ORDER THE MAIL FORWARDED. FOSKETT LATER CANCELED THE REQUEST FOR LESS THAN TWO WEEKS LATER, FOUR CREDIT CARDS ARRIVED IN HER HOME IN HER DEAD HUSBAND’S NAME. SOON AFTER, A CREDIT AGENCY CALLED HER TO TELL HER SOMEONE RENTED AN APARTMENT AT WEST WINDS APARTMENTS ON EAST WINDS DRIVE IN ORLANDO, ALSO USING HER DEAD HUSBAND’S NAME HERE POLICE SAY THE COUPLE RENTED THE APARTMENT. BERNARD ACTED AS IF HE WAS TALKING TO JOSEPH THE ENTIRE TIME THAT HE WAS HANDLING THE LEASE DOCUMENTS. THE POSTAL SERVICE TOLD US THE ONLY PROTECTION IT HAS AGAINST MAIL FORWARDING FRAUD IS A LETTER CONFIRMING THE CHANGE WHICH IS SENT TO A CUSTOMER’S CURRENT AND FORMER ADDRESS AND POSTAL OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE NO PLANS TO MAKE ANY CHANGES TO THAT SAFEGUARD POLICY.

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