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VT Man Imprisoned For Stealing NC Veteran's Identity

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a man has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for stealing the identification of a U.S. Army veteran who was working overseas.

Prosecutors say 47-year-old David P. Oswald lived in Vermont for six years as Bobby Lee Triplett, a veteran from North Carolina, so he could avoid registering as a sex offender. Oswald had been convicted in 2005 in Washington state of sexually assaulting a child.

Triplett's car was stolen in Washington with his military ID in it.

Authorities say Oswald got a non-driver's license photo identification card as Triplett and used it to get a passport. Prosecutors say he also obtained a voter registration card, bought guns, joined the Vermont State Guard, and got medical care as a veteran.


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