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Man used identity of missing person for 20 years

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Posted at 11:11 AM, Feb 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-13 12:10:03-05

A man who allegedly lived under assumed identities for 20 years, getting a passport, registering to vote, getting federal financial aid, and Social Security cards, is now facing charges.

Paul Keener, a/k/a Aaron Silverman, a/k/a Paul Robison, a/k/a Scott Walker, 47, of Cheektowaga was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated identity theft and using a passport secured by false statement.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says after escaping from state custody in Colorado, Keener purchased false identification documents for $300 on Craigslist belonging to a man who had been missing in Virginia since 1993.

From 1995 to the present, Keener allegedly maintained several aliases supported by false identification documents including U.S. passports and driver's licenses. Using this information, Keener has crossed into Canada, registered to vote, received federal financial student aid, and obtained Social Security cards.

If convicted, Keener faces a minimum of two years in prison and could face up to 12 years behin dbars.