Police Investigate Extreme Case Of Identity Theft

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A college became a victim of an extreme case of identity theft in which not only was her ID stolen, it was then used to make fake IDs for other people.

"I lost my wallet in late September and didn't think anything of it," said the victim, who asked that we hide her face. Little did she know at the time, she also lost her identity.

"This is the first case I've seen of someone going to this extreme," she said.

Murfreesboro detective Greg Flanagan handles lots of identity theft cases, but this one was different. This time he had a face of a suspect, but no name.

"She went to the DMV and used my information to get a new ID card made with her picture on it, but with my information," said the victim.

The mysterious suspect now had her golden ticket: A genuine drivers license which allowed her to do much more damage in someone else's name.

"It would be easy to access to banks, open accounts and they think they are taking to the right person," said Flanagan.

Police said the suspect went on a buying rampage and the bill collectors flocked to this poor victim. Flanagan said the suspect is still out there spending, but he hopes the important piece of evidence helps end it.

"We have a picture we need help in identifying," said Flanagan.

He maked the point that cases like this show that these days identity thieves can do more damage than ever before.

With the right information, they can take over your life applying for your unemployment, tax returns, and opening bank accounts in your name.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect in this case was asked to contact the Murfreesboro Police Department.

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