A recent investigation by the LA Times reviled that 1,480 people were wrongful incarcerated totaled in L.A. County over the last five years. “Many of those wrongly held inside the county’s lockups had the same names as criminals or had their identities stolen — problems that took days or weeks for authorities to sort out.”
Criminal identity theft occurs when a criminal fraudulently identifies himself to police as another individual at the point of arrest. The charges may then be placed under the victim’s name. Often the victims of Criminal Identity Theft do not find out about the wrongful record until they are arrested.
If your driver license or other ID is lost or stolen, you need to file a police report. You need to monitor your driving record, credit reports and financial statements for evidence of identity theft. If find evidence that you are a victim, you again need to file a police report.
Victims of Identity Theft need to:
- Place a fraud alert on your credit reports, and review your credit reports
- Close the accounts that you know, or believe, have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
- File a report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: What to do if it happens to you
If you are wrongfully arrested, call an attorney. If you don’t have an attorney, consider getting Legal Shield.