On February 12, 2002 a man named Steven Chin Leung was arrested and subsequently sentenced to spend 3 years in prison for a truly hideous crime. He was one of the very few criminally minded people who decided to take advantage and exploit the tragic events of 9/11. Mr. Leung faked his own death in the devastating attack of the World Trade Center. He had a prior criminal prosecution that was pending and hoped he would escape it if the court believed he had actually deceased in the terrorist attacks.
His previous crime involved falsification of information in an attempt to obtain a US passport by providing a fake Social Security number. Eventually, Mr. Leung’s attorney stated in front of the judge that he had received a phone call from someone claiming to be Leung’s brother. This person said that Leung had been inside one of the Twin Towers when it collapsed and could not be found. It turned out that Leung himself pretended to be his own brother. After the phone call, Leung attempted to obtain a death certificate for his very self.
The culprit was apprehended by a federal marshal and other detectives staking out a number of commercial mailboxes Leung was using at the time.