24 year old Illinois man charged with identity theft at Lewis and Clark Community College

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A southwestern Illinois man is accused of using a college’s computer lab to commit identity theft.

Madison County prosecutors have charged Matthew Cornelius, 24, of Granite City with felony identity theft.

Authorities say Cornelius wasn’t enrolled at Lewis and Clark Community College when he was allowed to use the school’s computer lab last week to look for jobs for a woman who accompanied him.

But authorities say a lab worker noticed that Cornelius had gotten a Social Security number on the Internet for an Arizona resident born in the mid-1950s and used it to register on two gambling Web sites. The student worker notified authorities but Cornelius wasn’t in custody Monday morning.

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