A 48-YEAR-OLD mom spent two years living as her 22-year-old daughter, enrolled in university and even duped younger men into dating her.
Laura Oglesby has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud which involved her using a stolen identity to take out student loans and applying for a driver's license.
In 2016, Oglesby applied for a social security card in the name of her daughter Lauren Ashleigh Hays – who was aged 22.
Oglesby had lived with Lauren in Jonesboro, Arkansas, before moving more than two hours north to Mountain View, Missouri after the two became estranged.
Locals in the small town believed the near-50-year-old woman was actually 22.
She worked at a library in town and dated men who thought she was around 26 years younger than she actually was.
Oglesby reportedly embezzled more than $25,000 and is now facing up to five years in prison without parole.
Mountain View Police Chief Jamie Perkins told the New York Times: "Everybody believed it.
“She even had boyfriends that believed that she was that age – 22 years old."
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The US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri said Oglesby pleaded guilty to one count of intentionally providing false information to the Social Security Administration.
According to reports, she received $9,400 in student loans, $5,920 in further grants, $337 from the college bookstore and $1,863 in finance charges.
Under a plea agreement, she must also pay $17,521 in restitution to Southwest Baptist University and to her estranged daughter.
Oglesby has admitted to applying for a Social Security card in 2016, under her daughter's name and then using it to apply for a driver’s license.
The following year, she used the bogus card to enrol at Southwest Baptist University while also getting financial aid.
In 2018, local cops were contacted by police in Arkansas who were hunting the Oglesby and said she had stolen Lauren's identity.
Mountain View authorities then discovered the fraudster was working at the city library.
'EVERYBODY BELIEVED IT'
She was then pulled over at a traffic stop and despite reportedly denying the allegations, she finally admitted when confronted with proof.
Chief Perkins said: "She was just running because she was in a domestic violence relationship and she’d been running for years.
“We don’t know her life story outside of what she told us, but we know what happened here.”
He added: "She had lived that life for a couple of years and basically just ruined her daughter’s credit."
At the time of her arrest, Oglesby was living with Avery and Wendy Parker who took her in from a nearby women's shelter.
They told KY3: "A woman in town had said that there was a girl who had had an abusive relationship and she was at the Christos House and wanted to know if we could help her out, get her on her feet, get her started, mentor her and get her a fresh new life.
'SHE HURT HER KIDS'
"We said sure, absolutely."
Wendy said: "I try real hard to see the 45-year-old Laura, so I can hate her."
"But all I can see is a 22-year-old Lauren, who I just wanted to help," her husband Avery said.
"If I could give her a message it, I would just like to tell her that the people she hurt the most, we're nothing, was her kids. She hurt her kids," Wendy added.
Oglesby's case involves federal crimes in both Missouri and Arkansas.
Southwest Baptist University said they “cooperated fully with the investigation”.
They added: “We were saddened to learn about the situation. Our prayers are with all involved.”
It is unclear whether Oglesby attended any classes at the university which is located 135 miles northeast of Mountain View.
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