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Man sues to find out who set up fake LinkedIn account in his name

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Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, 5:02 p.m.

The head of a nonprofit that provides support services for people with disabilities in 13 Western Pennsylvania counties wants to sue the person who published his personal information through a fake account on a business social networking site, but he first has to get LinkedIn Corp. to turn over the person's identity, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.

Rick D. Senft, president and chief executive officer of Passavant Memorial Homes, Marshall, claims in the lawsuit that someone set up a LinkedIn account in his name without his permission and included his personal email address and cell phone number. LinkedIn Corp. has taken down the site but won't turn over the identity of its creator without a court order, the lawsuit says.

Senft, his lawyer Jay Marinstein and a representative of the Mountain View, Calif.-based LinkedIn couldn't be reached for comment.

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