16 Sep 2010

Hurt still lingers from theft of son's identity

3:42 pm on 16 September 2010

A man whose dead son's identity was stolen says it still hurts that the criminal carried out crimes in his son's name.

Graham Peach's first son Michael lived for 10 hours, but his identity was stolen by a fraudster who faked his own death.

ACT Party MP David Garrett admitted in Parliament on Wednesday that he obtained a false passport in the name of another dead child in 1984.

He was discharged without conviction in 2005 and received permanent name suppression.

Mr Peach says his family knew nothing of the identity theft until they were told about it by police.

He told Nine to Noon the worst of it was that the man who stole his son's identity committed crimes.