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Thieves steal identity from Waverly man's obituary, widow speaks out

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

Identity thieves will do just about anything to steal someone's life -- even after death.

Police believe thieves stole a Waverly man's identity from his obituary.

Gary Boorom, a longtime city councilman, died last year from cancer.

His widow, Dita, said she realized something wasn't right about four months after his death when her internet, TV and phone were suddenly shut off.

She said the provider told her she hadn't paid her bills, but Dita said she hadn't been receiving them.

Authorities believe a man and a woman in Arizona snagged enough information from her husband's obituary to request an address change through the postal service.

For months, mail for her late husband was sent to an address in Glendale, Arizona, and Dita had no idea.

She said the thieves opened up credit cards under his name.

"It's hard to believe that people can do that to someone," she said.

For months, federal investigators have been uncovering details behind the two people they believe are responsible for stealing Boorom's identity.

According to authorities, more than 80 people had their identities stolen by the two individuals, and of those victims, they believe eight were deceased.

"It's not just crimes that were offended against Dita or Gary. It was also crimes against all these other people they have victimized," said Waverly Police Captain Jason Leonard.

Dita received notification from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Phoenix, Arizona, that two individuals were arrested in connection with the identity theft.

Phone calls to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office were not immediately returned.

Dita said she wants others to learn from what she went through.

"I really believe that this was an eye-opening experience for me so I could help other people realize this could happen," she said.

Dita encourages people to check in with the postal service to make sure no one has stolen the identity of their loved one.

She also recommends people check all their accounts to make sure nothing suspicious pops up.

Waverly Police recommend people check credit reports regularly and even purchase some sort of identity theft protection.

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