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Another Carpentersville resident's identity stolen -- this one 7 years old
By Gene Haschak | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 2/23/2008 12:27 AM

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Another Carpentersville resident has gotten a notice from the IRS, demanding back taxes on income.

The IRS says the resident owes taxes on $60,000.

Only this victim is 7. Yes, a second-grader.

He's the latest Carpentersville resident, police said Friday, to fall victim to identity theft.

He may, however, be the youngest.

His identity has been in use by someone else since 2001.

Detectives accused a Streamwood man of using the boy's personal information not long after the boy was born in 2001.

Cirilo Centeno, 29, of 1101 Sunnydale Blvd., was charged with felony identity theft, an offense that could land him in jail for between four and 15 years if he is convicted.

The victim's mother claimed the boy as a dependent on her 2007 income tax and was informed by the IRS she could not -- that his Social Security number was being used by someone else.

In 2005, she had filed a report with police because someone was using her son's Social Security number to obtain unemployment benefits and her son was only 4 years old at the time.

Police didn't get far in that investigation.

This time, Carpentersville police contacted the unemployment office in Elgin and learned the offender had just filed another claim to receive benefits.

They were able to locate a telephone number and called Centeno, who identified himself by the name of the 7-year-old, police said.

Police were able to obtain an address from the man on the telephone and two detectives drove to his home in Streamwood, police said.

According to a report, Centeno showed police a Social Security card bearing the name of the victim and Centeno's photo.

Centeno said he has used the Social Security card with the victim's information to obtain a truck, three separate jobs, gas and electrical service for his home, a credit card, unemployment benefits twice for a total of six months, and over $60,000 in pay and services, police said.

Centeno said he bought the card for $50 from a friend and used it because he is in the country illegally, police said.

Centeno's bond was set at $15,000 and he was sent to the Kane County jail.

His next court date is scheduled for March 12 at the Kane County Judicial Center.