Will Smith's Identity Thief Heads to Jail
An identity thief who posed as Will Smith and ran up credit-card debts is headed back to prison for two years for violating probation, a Pittsburgh judge ruled Tuesday.
Senior U.S. District Judge Alan N. Bloch concluded that Carlos Lomax, 45, formerly of Duquesne, was "not amenable" to probation after he failed to rehabilitate himself and make restitution to his victims while on supervised release, U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan tells the Associated Press.
Lomax was sentenced to 37 months in prison – later reduced to 30 months – after pleading guilty to opening 14 bogus credit accounts at Pittsburgh-area stores using the identity of Willard C. Smith, the legal name of the 37-year-old Hitch star. Lomax was released from a halfway house in June.
Lomax has an earlier identity-theft conviction involving former Atlanta Hawks basketball player Steve Smith, now a TV commentator for the team.
Lomax was on probation after serving time for that crime after having run up $81,000 in American Express-card charges in the basketball player's name when he was arrested in the Will Smith case – for having charged nearly $33,000 on accounts he opened in Will Smith's name.
Bloch ordered Lomax to pay about $64,000, a sum that includes purchases Lomax made using Smith's name and that of a retired, unidentified pro football player.