By 'Editor, LDSCaNews'
Lethbridge Man Had Two lives
LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, CANADA -- The name's Lickiss. Kenneth Lickiss.
No, wait a minute, it's Scott Davion. Actually, no it's Kenneth
Lickiss. And that's the way life has gone for a Lethbridge man for
the last seven years.
Lickiss, a native of Lethbridge ran away from home after a family
argument and hitchhiked to California in hopes to see the Golden
State before he took his life. On his way down, he began telling
people he was only 15 years old and that his name was Scott Davion.
While he was in California, he met a sister missionary from The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had convinced her
that he was homeless, an orphan and illiterate. She then told him to
visit her mum in the Salt Lake City area, helping him avoid the
suicide he had been contemplating.
Lickiss, now 32 and still looking like he's only 24, managed to
convince the Salt Lake family that he was a teenager. Seeing this as
an opportunity to change his life around, he began to create for
himself a complete individual based on the age and name he had
revealed to the missionary. As far as he was concerned, Kenneth
Lickiss actually ceased to exist.
The Salt Lake family fostered him for four years, providing him with
a high school education and even introducing him to the gospel which
he eagerly embraced.
Four years after leaving Lethbridge, Lickiss moved out of his new
home and got a job and an apartment in Sandy City, a suburb of Salt
Lake. He eventually got a corporate salesman position with Elite
Systems Computer Corporation.
Then customers started complaining they had received a faulty
computer from the store. But the store manager could find no record
of the sale. Before long, it was discovered that other computers had
been sold without the knowledge of company executives. It seemed that
someone at the company was buying computers using stolen credit card
numbers and then reselling them.
Through a series of events, Lickiss' secret identity began to
unravel, and he ended up becoming a suspect. Now he's being charged
with theft and nine counts of fraud related to the illegal computer
sales. In fact, a warrant was filed last week and an extradition
order is in the process.
Lickiss maintains his innocence, saying that he had nothing to do
with those computers. One other person is also under investigation
but because of Lickiss' masquerade, he's having a hard time
convincing people that he's not guilty. He's planning on fighting
He's back in Lethbridge. His relationship with his family is much
improved and his life is now back to normal, for the most part.
Lethbridge Herald, 17 May 2001
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