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Victim Ends Up With Bogus Criminal Record

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by Nick Beres

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Imagine someone takes your identity and you end up with a long criminal record. That's a new twist on identity theft and it happened in a court of law.

"That's an honest mistake, but a glaring difference that should have been caught," said Ben Baker.

Baker was in court eight years ago on a driving while revoked charge.  He took care of it and figured he'd just get on with his life, but then he found it was difficult to get a job.

"I'd apply and I'd go through the application process and get approved and then they'd run my criminal background and turn me down" said Baker, who thought that was strange for simple driving while revoked charge.

Baker pulled his record and to his surprise found a long list of charges including selling liquor to a minor.  It turns out he was in court the same day with another man of the very same name and his criminal charges flipped.

"It's certainly possible that could happen," said Melinda McDowell with the Davidson County Sheriff's Department, but she said it is very rare to have two suspects at court on the same day with the very same name.

The sheriff's department said they started the process of fixing Baker's record.  Baker said he recommends that everyone do a criminal background check on themselves every once in a while just in case.

"Because you never know what you might find," said Baker.

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