Mom allegedly stole her daughter’s identity to get student loans, date younger men

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An American mother faces jail time for an elaborate scheme that has seen her impersonate her 22-year-old daughter for years, allowing her to date much younger men.

Missouri mom faces jail time after admitting stealing her estranged daughter’s identity in order to get student loans, enroll in college, and pursue her sexy college fantasies.

Laura Oglesby, 48, posed as her daughter, Lauren Hays, for more than two years in an elaborate scam that duped both the federal government and the residents of the small town of Mountain View, Calif., the New York Postreports.

In 2016, Oglesby applied for a Social Security card on behalf of Hays, which she quickly received in the mail.

From that point on, Oglesby – from Arkansas, 43 – assumed her daughter’s identity, claiming her name was Lauren Hays and that she was only 22.

The fraudster even began seducing unsuspecting men in their early 20s, who had no idea Oglesby was almost two decades older than she claimed.

“Everyone believed in it. She even had boyfriends who thought she was that age: 22, ”said Chief Jamie Perkins of the Mountain View Police Department. The New York Times.

Disturbing photos obtained by the Missouri news station KY3 seem to show that Oglesby even had her own Snapchat account where she pretended to be Hays and posed with an array of youthful filters on her face.

“She had completely adopted a younger lifestyle: clothes, makeup and personality. She had completely assumed to be a younger person in her early twenties, ”Detective Stetson Schwien told local media outlet ABC.

Oglesby moved in with local couple Avery and Wendy Parker, a pair of seemingly kind strangers in Mountain View who thought she was a young woman fleeing a domestic violence situation.

The manipulative mother told them her name was “Lauren Hays” and that she continued to live with the Parkers for almost two years.

Meanwhile, Oglesby applied for a Missouri driver’s license on behalf of his daughter before enrolling at Southwest Baptist University.

She applied for financial aid and received $ 9,400 in federal student loans, $ 5,920 in Pell scholarships and $ 1,863 in finance charges.

Oglesby even worked at the local Mountain View library, where locals knew her as Lauren Hays.

However, after more than two years, the elaborate scam collapsed in August 2018. Mountain View Police were contacted by authorities in Arkansas who believed Oglesby had committed financial fraud using the name of her daughter.

Recognizing the name, investigators approached Oglesby, who initially denied stealing his daughter’s identity. However, it is reported that she subsequently broke down and admitted to the fraud.

Oglesby faces five years behind bars without parole after pleading guilty to one count of intentionally providing false information to the Social Security Administration.

Under his plea agreement, Oglesby is also required to pay $ 17,521 in restitution to Southwest Baptist University in Missouri and his daughter.

The real Lauren Hays has yet to open up about her mother’s scam – or the deterioration of their relationship.

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and has been republished with permission.


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