updated 2/20/2009 9:03:34 PM ET 2009-02-21T02:03:34

The family of an 86-year-old woman who was billed for more than $1,000 in phone sex calls suspects identify theft.

Arlene Hald recently received a credit-card bill addressed to her husband, Sylvester, who died nearly 20 years ago. Hald said they never had a credit card, yet an account in his name was charged.

Hald's daughter, Peggy Rytych, believes her father was the victim of ID theft. She called the billing company, Preferred Platinum Plan, which agreed to remove the charges.

Rytych says they thought that was the end of it — until another bill arrived for over $70. The California-based company agreed to remove the latest charges and never bill Hald again.

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