The use of an assumed name or alias is often thought of as a criminal technique to evade incarceration by hiding one's identity; however this is not always the case. There are many types of aliases. These include the pseudo-alias, which is often due to clerical error consisting of misspelling foreign names or changing letter combinations; white-collar psuedonymity (Hartman, 1951) such as traveling in cognito, assuming a stage name, or nome de plume; and the use of a criminal alias to dissociate a person from his or her crime (Harry, 1992).
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Anderson, Angela; Garcia, Daniel; MacLin, M. Kim; and MacLin, Otto H.
"Alias Use Among Inmates: Gender, Race, and Seriousness of Crime,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 7:
1, Article 14.
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