St. Petersburg Times
Print storySubscribe to the Times

Deputies: Mom stole 3-year-old's identity

Katie Rose Vietzke, 26, told authorities she used her daughter's name and Social Security number to sign up for phone service from Verizon.

Published January 16, 2004

HUDSON - Authorities have arrested a 26-year-old woman on a charge of stealing the identity of her 3-year-old daughter.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says Katie Rose Vietzke used her 3-year-old daughter's name and Social Security number to open a phone account with Verizon.

When the girl's father, Vietzke's ex-boyfriend, began receiving collection notices on a $298.07 balance in his daughter's name, he contacted the Sheriff's Office in October, said spokesman Kevin Doll.

Questioned by a deputy, Vietzke admitted calling Verizon and signing up for phone service using her daughter's information, her arrest report said.

"The child is unable to give permission to use her name due to her age," the report noted.

It's not unusual for people to illegally use the information of someone else, such as someone who has died, Doll said.

"This is just one more twist on that," he said.

Vietzke, of 7300 Terrace Drive No. 20 in Hudson, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a charge of identity theft.

She was being held in the county jail Thursday in lieu of $1,500 bail.

The Sheriff's Office is considering other charges against Vietzke, Doll said, though he declined to discuss them.

Doll didn't know which parent the 3-year-old girl has been living with.

- Steve Thompson covers crime in Pasco County. He can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6245, or toll-free at 1-800-333-7505, ext. 6245. His e-mail address is

[Last modified January 16, 2004, 01:33:00]

Pasco Times headlines

  • Both sides in for more than a penny
  • Debates over debates ratchet up tax rhetoric
  • Deputies: Mom stole 3-year-old's identity
  • Game room bust; gambling charged
  • Street name feud gives backdrop to holiday
  • Hitters Hall of Fame to add MLB greats Irvin and Carew
  • Passion in the Pacific
  • Quilting rises from rumpled past
  • This week: Pasco
  • Pasco in clear on vote machine ruling

  • Digest
  • Committee wants more time for Long Lake Ranch decision

  • Police report
  • Man accused of beating girlfriend

  • Preps
  • Clash of powers feels like rehearsal
  • Schedule quirk adds suspense to SAC
  • Man cleared in fleeing from police incident
  • Letters to the Editor: About time to move forward on Wal-Mart in Hudson
  • Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111