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Marshals on hunt for convicted identity thief

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Demond Kevin Jones is not the violent criminal the U.S. Marshals usually stalk.

Jones is a white collar criminal. But the Marshals warn if he steals your identity he will inflict pain and suffering.

His picture is maybe the only way to identify Jones because if he is stopped by police, probably has alias in his back pocket.

"He could tell us he is somebody else," said Buddy Chapman of CrimeStoppers. "We could be police officers. 'I don't believe you. Here I am John Jones.'"

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Need a comparison from Hollywood? Just imagine Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie, "Catch Me If You Can," with Tom Hanks. DiCaprio plays a check-forging, fake identity creator stealing millions until the FBI catches him.

Jones didn't live the high life. His  legal trouble started when he and his roommate were being evicted from a townhouse in September 2005. As the property manager began putting their belongs on the curb he noticed several different identification cards with Jones' picture on it but with some else's personal information.

The manager called police after finding boxes and bins of fraudulent documents.

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"You are talking about credit card statements, birth certificates, driver's licenses, various forms of ID, a lamenting machine," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Seth Bruce. "If you are into making those kinds of things, it is like a dream come true for you."

Memphis Police arrested Jones as he drove into the complex. An officer noticed even more fake documents inside his car. When asked for his driver's license, Jones gave a bogus one.

"Just from the way it looks, and this is just speculation, it's apparent he was doing this to make a living," Bruce said. "He was doing this on a professional level."

For seven years Jones' prosecution dragged on as he filed appeals and fired two lawyers. Finally in May of 201, he plead guilty to fraud with identification documents and was sentenced to on year probation.

After just four months Jones violated his parole and disappeared.

"We have records and databases that we can check but a guy like this can really muddy the waters and make it difficult," Bruce said. "Anytime someone can cover their tracks, so to speak, it makes it a lot harder on us to track him down."

There is no Hollywood movie with a happy ending for law enforcement and Jones. He can be one step ahead of the Marshals by creating new identities while praying on innocent victims.

"The only way you are going to find him is from somebody who knows what he is doing, to get a tip on him," Chapman said.

"It is the kind of thing that can keep you up at night," Bruce added. "If your identity has been stolen, your credit is ruined and your good name."

If you can assist the US Marshals and have seen Jones or someone using an alias that looks like Jones you are urged to contact CRimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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