Bronx Man Has Identity Stolen—by His Own Father, Cops Say

Barry Paddock, NY Daily News, December 28, 2013

When a 26-year-old Bronx man got hounded by a collection agency, he went to the cops to report a debt he didn’t recognize. Imagine his surprise when the cops came and busted his own father for identity theft and fraud.

The dad, Jeffrey Harris, 55, opened an account in 2008 using the Social Security number of his son, who has the same name, authorities said Friday.

The father later closed the account with a $2,235.95 negative balance. He went on to open an AT&T cell phone account in 2011 and a TD Bank checking account in 2012, using his son’s identity, according to court papers.


Jeffrey Harris, Sr.

Jeffrey Harris, Sr.


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  • Manaphy

    Bantu family values summarized in one article. This is especially funny because I just watched an segment of Sean Hannity’s show on YouTube, where he said that blacks are naturally conservative and Republicans should reach out to them.

    • bilderbuster

      That idiot claims Mexicans are too because they don’t like abortion.

      • Manaphy

        Mexicans have more abortions in America than blacks and whites combined. Nice logic there Sean.

        • bilderbuster

          But they don’t like it LOL!

  • Druid

    There is absolutley nothing a black won’t stoop to.

    • Spartacus

      Except for real work…

  • Puggg

    Most black men don’t have to worry about being the victims of ID thieves at the hands of their fathers in this sort of fashion, with the same name being the key to the caper. That’s because most black men and their sons have vastly different names.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Dude, you botched the punchline! Let me try:

      Most blacks don’t have to worry about their fathers stealing their identities because THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO THEIR FATHERS ARE!

      [Standing ovation at comedy club]

    • Max Krakah

      who wants to steal an identity with horribly bad credit, rap sheets and warrants/

  • 48224

    I’m shocked that a black father and son… have the same last name! (rim shot)

  • Luca

    Well, Jeffery Jr, look on the bright side, at least you now know who your daddy is.

  • bigone4u

    Since criminality is deeply ingrained in black genes, I expect at some point junior will be joining Dad in the slammer.

  • John K

    Keeping it in the fambly…….

  • IstvanIN

    I feel sorry for the son, he may have been one of the few who wanted to rise above the level of his parents. Not that I think they should live among us, but there a few good ones.

  • pcmustgo

    Had a Puerto Rican friend who’s psychopathic mother did the same thing to her… stole her sSS number. She found out when the mother was arrested for making death threats with a cell phone taken out in her daughter’s name.