Canadian man on trial in identity theft case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – The federal trial of a Canadian man accused stealing the identity of his dead infant brother has opened in Kansas with lawyers calling the defendant by different names.

Prosecutors said in opening statements Tuesday that former Winfield resident Leslie Camick assumed the identity of Wayne Camick, who died in 1958. The government contends Leslie Camick hatched a scheme to flee Canada, where he owed child support, taxes and other obligations, and built a life under the assumed name after coming to the U.S. in 2000.

But a defense lawyer repeatedly referred to his client as Wayne Camick, saying everybody knows him by that name and that he has harmed no one by using it.

Camick is charged with aggravated identity theft, obstruction of justice, mail fraud and wire fraud.

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