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Arrest leads to stolen identity

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Updated: 11/14/2013 11:42 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- A local woman said a relative gave police her identity when she was arrested.

The woman doesn't want people to know who she is, but said she's well known at the Duval County jail and she's never even been there.

"My family was saying I'm in jail. I looked it up and saw my name in the system," she said.

The woman told Action News she was shocked when her name popped up. "I don't like jail. I'm terrified," said the woman.

We searched through jail logs and made public record requests to JSO, and it turns out she's right. A close relative gave police the woman's name, age and address when she was recently arrested for fighting. Police never questioned it, despite a 14-year age difference.

"Anyone can say who they are," said the woman.

We asked JSO for an interview to explain how this could happen but they would only answer our questions via email. A spokesman told us, "After being booked her actual identity was apparently determined." Still the woman is listed on the JSO inmates information search website as booked in jail, not her relative.

The state attorneys office admitted to Action News that it happens all the time. "School is saying I can't go anywhere because of records being checked," said the woman.

Now she just wants her identity and her life back. She hopes this won't affect her future. "Someone should have caught it," said the woman.

The state attorney's offices tells us this is very common. Even though the woman is still listed as being in jail, JSO maintains their process worked.

JSO also told Action News the woman's relative's name will be handwritten on the court docket and stay in the system as an alias to any future arrests of her relative.
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imtellin - 11/15/2013 9:45 AM
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as the economy worsens, and it is,, we'll all be there eventually, as it is the only way they can assure themselves of job security, by processing anyone & everyone.. next we'll hear of someone processed who isn't actually being held, whether themselves or a relative.. by the way, some family she has there !!! that relative would have a 1 way ride awaiting when she got out of jail !!! all the way !!!

nativejax - 11/15/2013 8:18 AM
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And exactly HOW will that help the victim JSO? Her life is being disrupted because of the 'incompetence' of someone in your I.D. division. WHAT ABOUT FINGERPRINTS? You admitted the woman that was arrested was "well know' to the jail system. So one of you incompetent officers, in the fingerprint division, you kept on after laying off many others a few years ago, couldn't have run her prints to make sure of her ID. She was just processed through on the 'assumption' she was who she says she is? No, 'technical mistakes' like this are happening way too much in your I.D. dept and you still keep them on let qualified technicians go.
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