Will Smith Wannabe Guilty of ID Theft
Carlos Lomax, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of using an unauthorized access device this week before Senior U.S. District Judge Alan N. Bloch. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Federal prosecutors say Lomax, using the name Willard C. Smith (the 33-year-old star's formal name), relied on Smith's Social Security number and other personal information to open 14 credit accounts at various stores around Pittsburgh. He then made fraudulent charges at 12 of those stores, prosecutors say.
AP reports that Smith's business manager alerted federal authorities to the matter after spotting a $5,447 charge at a Sears in Pittsburgh. Lomax's attorney, a public defender, has not commented on the charges.
U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan said Lomax was already on probation for running up $81,000 in credit card bills in the name of Atlanta Hawks basketball player Steve Smith at the same time as his Will Smith fraud.