Fox5, July 27, 2011
A man missing and presumed dead for more than three decades turns up alive in Las Vegas under an assumed identity.
Arthur Gerald Jones was arrested on multiple felony charges. It was back in 1979 that Jones disappeared from his Chicago home leaving behind a wife and three kids. He was declared legally dead by an Illinois court in 1986 but was alive and well the entire time.
The majority of that time he lived in Las Vegas using the social security number of another man and going by the name Joseph Richard Sandelli for the last 15 years. He worked as a ticket writer at the sportsbook inside the Rampart casino and had taxes taken out using the stolen social security number.
Enter Clifton Goodenough. It’s the Phoenix area registered nurse’s social that was stolen and for years he’s battled the IRS, who garnished his wages for not claiming the money earned in Las Vegas.
“It’s been very frustrating,” Goodenough said.
Every year Goodenough had to prove he did not work in Las Vegas and the IRS did not dig further. Then there was a break in the mystery.
“The social security sent me something with his name, my social and an address in Las Vegas and it ended up at my address in Glendale (AZ),” Goodenough said. Goodenough tracked down a phone number and actually talked on the phone to the man using his social last year.
“Basically (he) just lied to me through his teeth about the whole thing,” Goodenough said.
After getting Sen. John McCain involved the alleged imposter was finally arrested and Goodenough is ready to move on.
“You’ve got to just go out and live your life and do the best you can,” Goodenough said.
Jones/Sandelli is out on bond tonight. He’s facing several felony charges including identity theft, burglary and fraud.
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