'Dead' Broker Found Working as Vegas Bookie

Arthur Jones nabbed after 32 years with fake social security number
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2011 3:02 AM CDT
Arthur Gerald Jones, 72, was a Chicago commodities broker before disappearing more than three decades ago. Jones has been found living under a false name and working as a bookie in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles)

(Newser) – A Chicago commodities broker who disappeared in 1979 and was declared legally dead in 1987 has been found alive in Las Vegas, working as a bookie, reports the Los Angeles Times. Fleeing gambling debts, Arthur Gerald Jones bounced around the country before relocating to Vegas in the mid-1980s, using the name Joseph Richard Sandelli, according to authorities. Now 72 years old, Jones was caught when the man whose social security number he stole complained to authorities about his statements showing income from a job he never worked, say investigators. Jones was charged last week with an array of fraud, identity theft, and burglary counts, and released on $20,000 bond.

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