Baseball legend victim of ID theft

BOSTON, May 5 (UPI) -- Baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski is a victim of identity theft, targeted by one not bothered with spelling the name -- his late son, Michael.

Michael Yastrzemski, who died unexpectedly from complications of hip surgery last September, reportedly left a trail of bad debts in Florida.


Included were thousands of dollars on credit cards he obtained by passing himself off as his father, the Boston Herald said Thursday. There also was an IRS lien for $46,000 in unpaid taxes.

Now, collection agents and creditors are hounding Carl Sr., the Boston Red Sox legend still mourning the loss of his son.

"All I can say is that we are trying to resolve some prior issues involving Carl's son," Yastrzemski's attorney, Neil Abbott, said.

After failing to follow his father into the major leagues, Michael had problems, the Herald said, aggravated by drinking, and was reported in financial distress at the time of his death.

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