Mom accused of stealing daughter's identity to attend highschool and become a cheerleader

A 33 year old woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing her 15-year-old daughter's identity and going back to high school to become a cheerleader and get a diploma. Her daughter lived in another state with her father, from whom the woman was estranged. She faces six years in prison for identity theft. That would be a pretty interesting ending to a wild summer teen comedy about a mom who yearns to be a cheerleader.
According to the complaint, Brown wanted to get her high school degree and become a cheerleader because she didn't have a childhood and wanted to regain a part of her life that she'd missed.

Brown allegedly attended cheerleading practices before school started, received a cheerleader's locker and went to a pool party at the cheerleading coach's house.

The $134.50 check Brown gave to the cheerleading coach for her uniform bounced, the complaint said.

Mom allegedly uses daughter's ID to be cheerleader


  1. Coach couldn’t cover the check? If this woman could pull off being half her real age, I’d have chipped in just to see it work.

  2. Wow! Reminds me of Twin Peaks, when Nadine Hurley wakes from her suicidal coma and thinks she’s 16 again & they let her go back to high school.

  3. pool party at the cheerleading coach’s house.

    Something else that they should be investigating? Isn’t this a bit weird or is that commonplace in the US?

  4. “At least teachers wouldn’t go to jail for having sex with her.”

    How about if she decided to add to her high school experience by having sex with the quarterback?

  5. …HAW! Imagine if she’d also done what half the cheerleaders wind up doing – half the team! The statutory rape cases would keep her in court until she was retirement age!

  6. Actually, pool parties at the coach’s house aren’t all that uncommon, least not where I’m from. One of the tennis coaches at my high school had slumber parties for her players.

  7. She missed out being a cheerleader and just wanted the experience. She only attended the first day of class, which is what triggered the investigation that got her caught. This makes me think she did not intended to do it “long term”.

    Besides, stealing implies a victim. Somebody you steal from. Is the daughter really pushing to get mom in jail? She could just turn up in court and say, “oh yeah, we talked about it, I thought it was a great idea. She was only going to do it for a few days”. You can’t steal when the person you’re supposed to be stealing from gives you permission.

  8. “A school liaison officer started investigating after Brown only attended the first day of classes last week, the complaint said.”

    Looks like she might have succeeded if she had not skipped class the first week.

  9. “She wanted to get back a part of her life that she’d miss…”

    And she picked to live through High School again?? Wow: That’s some poor judgement right there :P

  10. “she wanted to get her high school degree.” Then skipped all her classes after the first day…

    HA HA – Ur doing it WRONG!!

  11. “Hello, I’m Jerri Blank and I’m a 46-year-old high school freshman. For 32 years I was a teenage runaway. I was a boozer, a user, and a loser. My friends were dealers, cons, and 18 karat pimps. But now I’m out of jail, picking up my life exactly where I left off. I’m back in high school, living at home, and discovering all sorts of things about my body. I’m finding out that though the faces have changed, the hassles are just the same.”

    Who says truth is stranger than Comedy Central?

  12. I just watched Strangers with Candy for the first time last night. (See #22.) It is just too weird to come across this post this morning.

  13. Unfortunately at the pool party it transpired that the coach was feeding all the team fish hormones. They tore their skins off, turned into monsters and ate him, before swimming off into the Atlantic…

  14. Jesus, was high school that much fun the first time? Not even close. I finished high school and now I want to finish grad school. After that, I will have had all the school I care to.

    That sounds like a nightmare, being sent to high school again. I think I’d probably do what I did the first time: sneak off campus to get drunk. And I’m too old for it to look good if I’m tottering down the sidewalk at lunch time singing ‘School’s Out’ by Cooper.

  15. i’m always surprised to see anything in green bay other than the packers getting beyond local news, but i shouldn’t be surprised, it’s always something crazy like this.

  16. Sheesh, ever hear of just getting a GED? I liked high school well enough but now that I’m in my 30s it would probably seem like a bizarre form of torture to do it again.

  17. I find this more depressing than anything else. I feel bad for her. Whatever state of mind/place in life she’s in to make her think that was a good idea/possible seems like punishment and torture enough. Forget wasting court dates and prison.

  18. I’m 28 (almost 29) and just helped my friend’s little sister (15) register for high school – and every time I came in, someone tried to register ME. I really don’t look unusually young. I just think most people can judge about three ages – younger, older or the same age as them.

  19. What is happening to this world! A woman tries to actually redo her high school years to become a cheerleader and get a diploma. This is really not smart. Why would you try to redo the past and not think about the present and future like her daughter actually getting the education she never had. The only thing sad about this story is that she has to go to prison. It must be said going to prison for stealing the identity of your own 15 year old daughter.

  20. The only thing sad about this story is that she has to go to prison. It must be said going to prison for stealing the identity of your own 15 year old daughter.

    By the looks of things this isn’t the first identity she’s stolen. Apparently she wanted to undo the mistakes of her adult life by repeating them.

  21. Freaky Friday just got a lot freakier. Maybe somebody could have gotten a clue when she wore that uniform every year around Halloween. #39 wtf!

  22. This poor woman needed Fantasy Island.

    Spot on, but even Tattoo would weep as Ricardo said something deeply meaningful about the human condition.

  23. Her defense should be that she was working undercover, recruited by 21 Jump Street.

    I liked the story a little better when there was no picture and I was picturing an ageless pixie Hayden Panettiere-lookalike.

    I remember long ago, like late 1970s, there was a similar story about a guy, in his 20s, a male gymnist, who went back to high school under a fake identity. His idea was that he wanted to To It Right this time. He mentioned an admiration for Spock in STAR TREK so the press labeled him Spock Junior. Apparently because of the Spock connection, it was reported in STARLOG magazine at the time.

  24. “If convicted, she could face up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.”

    THAT’S sad. Why isn’t she pleading insanity as she unfortunatley has a strong case?

    OTOH #43 “Her defense should be that she was working undercover, recruited by 21 Jump Street.”


  25. i got ID’d when buying wine in the supermarket a couple of months ago. you only have to be 18, here in the uk.

    I laughed, bitterly and explained i was 28, married, owned a house and had a daughter. Then thanked her for the compliment:)

    silly woman, i didn’t have any ID, but she let me buy the wine anyway. I don’t think she wanted to look any dumber by pushing the matter.

  26. Maybe it was all part of a bigger plan to keep kids from licking hallucinogenic frogs. Lando Griffin anyone?

  27. You’d think the other cheerleaders would have figured it out first if she hadn’t skipped school.

    LOL at the Buffy, Fantasy Island, Twin Peaks comments.

    A while back I went to a gas station that’s right next to a high school during lunch. The clerk told me that only two students are allowed in at one time, and that I’d have to wait. One of the best lunches of my life (I’m 31).

  28. @#23 & 30: “This time, I’m still doing all the wrong things, but I’m doing them for all the right reasons.”

    @#39: You mean “Good Time Island”?

  29. I, too, read that headline and immediately thought of Buffy. I hope the authorities keep an eye on the daughter, because there’s a good chance she’s going to spend the next few seasons as a rat, then turn evil.

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