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Impostor Uses QB Wuerffel’s ID

October 18, 2000

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) _ The name of Danny Wuerffel, backup quarterback for the Green Bay Packers and Heisman Trophy winner, did not sound familiar to employees at a Home Depot store.

But alarms went off when those at the store noticed that a person using Wuerffel’s identity misspelled the name of his town, writing Dustin, instead of Destin, Fla. Wuerffel played for Florida when he won the trophy in 1996.

Police now are seeking a man who used Wuerffel’s name and other personal information to apply for _ and receive _ $16,000 in store credit last week.

Detective Paul Wylam said Wednesday the impostor might have mistakenly taken an application for a home improvement loan instead of one for instant credit.

The suspect left the store after receiving approval Oct. 12, but has not tried to draw on the credit, Wylam said.

The man used a photo identification card issued by the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles, DMV spokesman Dana Sullivan said.

The card, which is not a driver’s license, was obtained after documents, including a birth certificate, were presented, Sullivan said. He could not say whether the birth certificate was legitimate.

The card bore an address of an apartment complex in Freehold, but nobody fitting the suspect’s description lives there, Wylam said.

A Destin address was used under ``previous address.″ That address is still being checked to determine if it is Wuerffel’s, the detective said.

The suspect was described as a tall, slender black male in his mid-20s to mid-30s.

Wuerffel, 26, is white, and 6-foot-1, 212 pounds.

A message left Wednesday for Wuerffel’s agent, Michael Moye, was not immediately returned.

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