A Jacksonville, Florida victim of identity theft spent the night in jail after she was mistakenly arrested for shoplifting from Wal-Mart. The charges against Terria Myrick were dropped after law enforcement reviewed the store’s videotape. Despite the videotape evidence, three Wal-Mart employees identified Myrick as the culprit. As a result, a judge signed an arrest warrant and police picked up Myrick and put her in jail
Unexplainably, one of the shoplifters had Myrick’s driver’s license in her purse. Prior to Myrick’s arrest and the Wal-Mart shoplifting incident, she had turned in her driver’s license to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles.
Obviously, Myrick’s driver’s license was not properly stored or destroyed by the DMV; otherwise, it would not have fallen into the hands of an identity thief. Perhaps, the driver’s license was found in the garbage, or an insider sold the driver’s license.
In my practice, my clients often do not find out they are a victim of identity theft on their own. Instead, they are put on notice of the identity theft after being arrested for checks they did not write, receiving collection calls for accounts they did not open, or being denied credit or a job because of credit report errors.
If you believe you may be a victim of fraud or identity theft, contact us for a free identity theft information kit or a free case evaluation.