A stolen identity can mean damage to more than your credit rating
It surprises me that a lot more victims of Identity Theft are not also victims of criminal allegations due to the criminal conduct of the person that stole the persons identity.
In this story a lady discovers that she has become a criminal, got arrested, enjoyed the local Jail facilities, and had to do the footwork to demonstrate she was not the criminal, but a victim of Identity Theft. The article does not tell us how much money it cost the lady to clear her of the crimes alleged, but when you consider attorney’s fees, bonding out of jail, and the costs necessary to do the foot-worked investigation, I imagine the costs were substantial to say the least. How is this considered acceptable in our society? Why do we think that it is appropriate for a victim of a crime to have to also be further victimized by having to conduct any portion of the investigation to clear her of the charges, and the expense of being drug through our judicial process?
There is something wrong with this picture. And, at what stage does “justice” get served on the bad guys? Does the victim ever really recover their losses?