Arthur Gerald Jones, who had a seat on the Chicago Board of Trade, was reported missing in 1979. Police were suspicious of his disappearance and they believed his intentions to vanish were from his gambling debts and other trouble he might have been in.
In 1986, Jones was declared dead and his family collected his social security benefits.
“Mr. Jones apparently had a valid Social Security number that was issued to another person, and that’s how he was discovered, was someone filed a complaint,” said Kevin Malone of the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. Investigators found that Jones had been alive the whole time, living under the alias of Joseph Richard Sandelli. Malone said Jones first went to Florida under the Sandelli alias, and then to Las Vegas in the late 1980s.
Jones is set to appear in court on charges of felony identity theft and fraud on Aug. 23.
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