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Man Who Vanished From Chicago Taking Plea In Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Chicago commodities broker arrested in Las Vegas 32 years after vanishing from his Illinois home — and 25 years after being declared dead — says he’ll plead guilty to felony identity fraud
and serve up to five years’ probation to avoid trial.

Court officials say 73-year-old Arthur Gerald Jones’ plea deal also involves restitution to the Social Security Administration and to an Arizona man whose name he used during 10 years working at a Las Vegas casino.

Jones appeared before a Las Vegas judge, who set a Sept. 12 date in state court for Jones to enter his plea. Deputy Nevada Attorney General Adam Woodrum says three other felony charges will be dropped.

Jones was arrested in July after authorities say he tried to renew his Nevada driver’s license.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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