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March 5, 2011- Conservative billionaire David Koch says the Gonzo journalist who impersonated him in a recent prank call heard across the nation may be guilty of identity theft.
"It's a case of identity theft," Koch told the New York Times in a rare interview Friday. "I didn’t even know his name before this brouhaha erupted."
Identity theft is a serious crime, but it's unclear whether a prank call falls under the category — the concept typically refers to assuming someone's identity to make purchases or commit crimes, according to the Justice Department.
In the widely-publicized call whose audio was published, Buffalo Beast editor Ian Murphy spoke to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) for 20 minutes while pretending to be Koch, discussing the high-profile clash with public employee unions and offering to help the governor.
The real Koch joked to the paper he was surprised Walker even took the call.