Identity Theft Checklist

May 6th, 2014  / Author: john

UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!

Did you know? As much as 20% of all adults in America fell victim to some sort of Identity Theft in 2013? That is insane. That is 1 in 5. That means that unless you are a total recluse, you know somebody that has fallen victim to some sort of Identity Theft, or even a few people. You might have even been a victim yourself. Look, I know what you are thinking. It would never happen to you, RIGHT? Don’t be so sure. I was a victim for over 6 years before I even knew it. NO JOKE!! And to top it all off, mine was Criminal Identity Theft, the kind where someone else’s crimes end up on your Criminal Background Check. Yep, 7 felonies including Capitol Murder. Over 5000 hours spent trying to clear my name and to be honest with you, even though I have taken all of the necessary steps, some of the crimes still show up on my Criminal Background Check. But enough about me, if you are really that interested my story is all over the internet and all over this website. Just search “John Shelby Identity Theft”.

Do you still think that you are safe? Or are you starting to wonder? Well, here’s a little checklist to know if your Identity is at risk of being stolen or compromised:

IDENTITY THEFT CHECKLIST

1. Do you ever bank online?

2. Are you prior military with a VA file?

3. Are you on any form of social media?

4. Have any of your email accounts ever been “hacked”?

5. Have you ever lost or mis-placed your smart-phone, laptop, or other mobile device?

6. Did you shop at Target or Nordstrom’s this last holiday season?

7. Have you ever received a letter from your bank, hospital, or anyone else notifying you of a security breach? (if you have, 1 in 4 of the recipients of that letter were victims)

8. Have you ever been arrested for any reason? That’s how they got me, and my case was dismissed without even having to go to court.

9. Shop online?

10. Ever lost your wallet or checkbook?

11. Ever left your mail in the mailbox overnight? Or even for a weekend retreat? CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

I would bet that you answered “YES” to at least 1-3 of these. If that is the case, then your identity is at risk. It’s not your fault really. These Identity Thieves are tricky and it really is virtually undefendable. But it sure is a lot of heartache for the victims. The time you have to put in just to fix your credit or reputation is crazy. The average is somewhere around 300 hours of leg-work. And it is so frustrating.

That is why Identity Monitoring services are popping up everywhere. It has become a big business, but a necessary one, unfortunately.

If you know me or more story, then you know that I have been on a mission to warn others and make people aware of Identity Theft and its effects. For many years it ruined my life. Homelessness, depression, embarrassment, struggles upon struggles. So, I have teamed up with the industry leader LifeLock, and I am proud to say that I have. Oh, I did my research. Admittedly, LifeLock can not protect you from all Identity Theft, but they will catch it early if it happens to you. On top of that, they will do all of the leg-work for you to clear matters up. They have a team of attorneys that specialize in Identity Theft protection and repair, all at your disposal.

And guess what? Today, through this website right here, I am able to offer you a FREE trial for 30 days of LifeLock protection AND 10% off a yearly contract. So basically by clicking this banner below: You get peace of mind about your identity and your assets for about the price of two beers a month. And I get the satisfaction of knowing that I have helped one more person avoid the nightmare that I have been through, and that feels pretty darn good.

Background Checks Cause Problems For Employment

September 22nd, 2011  / Author: john

It does happen:

You go in for a job interview. You feel like you nailed it. Then you get the call (if you’re lucky) letting you know that your background check showed something shocking. They don’t know what to believe, they go with someone else. Then you get to start on that horrendous journey of clearing your name.

And this is all best case scenario. More often than not you do not get the call. Human resource professionals are going to believe what they see on this “official” background check. They are more than likely never going to contact you again after seeing that document. You go on knowing nothing about what is being reported on you Criminal Background Check, having no opportunity to explain yourself or begin fixing it. As I have said before in previous posts, it took me 6 years to find out, a few more to correct the problem by getting an expuncture, and a few years later I just turned up “dirty” on another background check.

Identity Theft of this nature is no joke, and it just blind-sides you. You can’t find out through your bank account or credit score. You are more than likely not going to run a Criminal Background Check on yourself. People that do know are probably not going to tell you, but they will probably tell others. In my case there was nothing that I could have done to prevent it, but in most cases it can be prevented. For great prevention tips click here

Because of my own experience, I am happy to endorse LifeLock. In turn, LifeLock has allowed me to offer a 10% discount to anyone that I refer to them. All you have to do is click on the Lifelock banner at the bottom of this page. I assure you, even though it might be a little too late for me, I now have my whole family enrolled in Lifelock. I recommend it to all of my friends. They have packages starting at as little as $10.00 a month. Do your own research, but please protect yourself, you can’t afford not to.

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P.S. Do I really look that old?

Identity Theft… Are you a victim? Are you sure?

June 24th, 2011  / Author: john

Are you a victim of Identity Theft?


ARE YOU SURE?


6 YEARS!

That’s how long I was a victim and did not even know it. Oh, I had been notified only a few months after it had originally happened….

By being fired from my job!

I went through all of the steps that I knew of to get it cleared up. Was told my record was cleared, even given documentation. Little did I know that not only had my record not been cleared, but it had gotten worse.

Hi, My name is John Shelby.

If you have done any research into the world of Identity Theft or to be more specific “Criminal Identity Theft”, then you have probably come across my story. If you listen to talk radio, I am the “Mr. X” that Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck refer to in their commercials. If not, here are a few glimpses into my personal nightmare…..

http://www.ktsm.com/news/full-story-identity-theft-ruins-mans-employment-chances

Six whole years went by without me even knowing. I knew that I had trouble finding a decent job. I knew that in the darkest of times, I was living on the streets. I knew that I felt like a failure. I knew that there was a dark cloud following me around. I really thought that God was punishing me for something.

What I didn’t know is that my Criminal Background Check was showing that I had been convicted of multiple felonies. Robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle, evading police, participation in organized criminal activity, and last but not least Capital Murder. What I didn’t know was that there were warrants out for my arrest. What I didn’t know was that there was a logical explanation for all of my misfortune.

I finally found out when a perspective employer said to me, ” We would love to hire you, but do you have any idea what is on your background check?” Unfortunately, that was just the beginning. It took another 5+ years of diligently pursuing the issue to get my record finally exponged. I had to get all kinds of people involved. Politicians, Identity Theft Experts, Attorneys, Victims Advocates, you name it. It totally consumed my life, don’t believe me, ask my wife. In the mean time, I was only able to get employment with jobs that did not do background checks. Mostly restaurant work, however I was  not able to accept offers of management positions due to mandatory background checks.

This was all due to someone using my name upon arrest. He did not even have Identification supporting his lies. They just took his word for it. That’s how easy it was.

You think that it couldn’t happen to you? I’m sorry to say that it can. I am not the only one. Through this journey, I have been able to meet and converse with more than a few people in similar situations. None of them knew until it was too late to do anything about it. Most of them are still fighting the system, just trying to get their records cleared. This does not even touch all of the victims of Financial Identity Theft that I hear about or talk to on a daily basis.

I would be willing to bet that you know someone that has been a victim of some type of Identity Theft or another. If you talk to your friends or co-workers, I bet that they have an Identity Theft story that happened to them or an acquaintance as well. Do you still think that it can’t happen to you?

I wouldn’t wish my nightmare upon you. Heck, I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy. In this day and age, we all need to monitor our Identity. So I went on a quest to find the best Identity Monitoring system. I contacted them all. I presented my particular scenario, and asked,” Could you prevent that?” The answer was always “No, I’m sorry.” or I would just keep getting transferred to the next person, or blown off completely.

Finally, I contacted LifeLock. By this time I was pretty sure that there was no so-called “Identity Theft Protection” service that could be trusted. Their answer was also, “No, we could not protect from that.” I was about to hang up, assured that they were all frauds when he said,”BUT, we would have immediately known that it did happen. We would have had our attorney’s go to bat for you. We would have saved you 6 years of not knowing, and another6 years of fighting the system.” From there we talked and talked. Their system was explained to me in full. They are for real.

The only problem is, they can’t help you if you are not a member.

Because of my own experience, I am happy to endorse LifeLock. In turn, LifeLock has allowed me to offer a 10% discount to anyone that I refer to them. All you have to do is click on the Lifelock banner at the bottom of this page. I assure you, even though it might be a little too late for me, I now have my whole family enrolled in Lifelock. I recommend it to all of my friends. They have packages starting at as little as $10.00 a month. Do your own research, but please protect yourself, you can’t afford not to.

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Avoid identity theft

March 29th, 2011  / Author: john

Avoid Identity Theft

1. Keep personal info such as SSN, Birth Certificate, and any other identifiers in a safe place. AND only give this information when necessary.
2. Ladies, guard your purse with your life…Gentlemen, while in congested areas such as busy downtown areas, malls, airports, and bus stations, keep wallet in a front pocket. Back pockets are way easier to pick.
3. Only carry checkbook when necessary.
4. Check credit card and bank statements for purchases that are not yours.
5. If you no longer use a Credit Card…..close the account and destroy it.
6. Shred, Shred, Shred. Do not just throw away bills and C.C. offers. These thieves are crafty and are not above digging in your trash.
7. Before revealing any identifying information, ask how it will be used. Make sure that your information ca not be shared.
8. Monitor your credit scores at least yearly. Also, get a Criminal Background Check on yourself.
9. On the internet…Use complex passwords. Never your name or name of close relatives (even your dog). And for the love of God, please do not use “password” as your password.
10. Use a locked mailbox or a post office box to send/receive mail.
11. Enroll in some sort of Identity Protection service. I now use Life Lock, trust me I have done the research. Their bad rep is not so deserved. While they may not have been able to prevent my situation….they would have caught it way earlier than I did and would have helped me clear it up a lot sooner, at no expense.

Help Protect Yourself From ID Theft. Get help with LifeLock.

Important numbers:

Credit bureaus:
Equifax 1-800 525-6285
Experian (formerly TRW) 1-800-301-7195
Trans Union 1-800-680-7289

Chesapeake man sues in 13-year fight to clear his name

March 5th, 2011  / Author: john

By Matthew Bowers
The Virginian-Pilot
© February 26, 2011

CHESAPEAKE

John Shelby thought his new bosses at an El Paso, Texas, casino were playing around when they withdrew their job offer for him to manage three of their bars.

They weren’t.

A background check showed he was a felon, and he was supposed to be in the city jail. Right then.

“I made a joke about it,” Shelby said. ” ‘Yeah, I escape every morning to come to work.’ Because I thought they were joking.”

It’s no joke to Shelby now, after more than a decade of losing or being passed over for jobs, which Shelby said forced him to live on the streets for a while.

“I had no idea what was in store for me,” said Shelby, who lives in Chesapeake.

Shelby claims police in El Paso negligently linked his name to someone else’s criminal record in 1997 when that man gave Shelby’s name as his own.

That record pops up when prospective employers run background checks on Shelby, limiting or killing his chances at securing a job.

And that, Shelby argues, violates his civil rights by invading his privacy and ruining his ability to make a living.

More than 13 years after he lost the casino job, Shelby has a $7.5 million federal lawsuit pending against the city of El Paso. At an initial hearing in Texas on Friday, a judge allowed the case to continue and ordered the parties to develop a trial schedule, said Stephen Casey, Shelby’s Austin, Texas-based lawyer and Regent University law graduate.

Shelby didn’t know it, but his ordeal began in 1991 when, at 19, he was arrested on a charge of trespassing at his old high school, according to interviews with Shelby and Casey, court filings and other documents.

Shelby said he was there to pick up a student friend. The school district dropped the charge.

Shelby went on a stint in the Navy, and jobs such as delivery driver and bartender.

Things changed for him when the casino job came – and quickly went – in late 1997.

He learned that earlier that year, police arrested the man who gave Shelby’s name. The man had heard of Shelby through a family both knew.

Shelby and his lawyer say police added Shelby’s personal information, including Social Security and driver’s license numbers, from his 1991 file despite obvious differences in height, weight and age. They also claim in the suit that police didn’t compare fingerprints.

The man is serving a life sentence in Texas for aggravated robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice data online.

After Shelby lost the casino job, police at first told him the problem was “cleared up ” and gave him a letter stating so.

But the erroneous record lived on in various databases that background-check companies use. Shelby’s name remained listed as an alias for the other man.

Jobs became elusive. He’d get passed over and not know why. The Postal Service hired him as a carrier in Suffolk and then, according to his suit, a supervisor fired him for “dishonesty” because of his record check. Shelby had already begun orientation; instead, Shelby said, he became homeless.

Repeated calls to El Paso authorities proved fruitless, although they expunged his 1991 arrest record by January 2008. He also called elected officials. He started a website, www.goodnamegone.com.

Meanwhile, he obtained entry-level jobs, but the record thwarted promotions. He gave up his dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher. He hasn’t tried to vote, having been told the felonies on the record would forestall registration.

An El Paso police officer’s “fervent desire to ‘ fill in the blanks’ ” on an arrest report did far-reaching damage, Casey, the lawyer, wrote to El Paso officials in a September 2010 letter seeking a settlement.

“You’ve got this bell that’s been rung by the city of El Paso and it can’t be un-rung,” Casey said in an interview. “All they can do is clean up the mess.”

An El Paso police spokesman and a city spokeswoman said they couldn’t talk about Shelby’s situation because of the pending suit.

Brian Falco of San Diego previously worked with an organization that combated identity theft, and Falco has continued trying to help Shelby. He called Shelby’s situation unusual; solving such problems takes time and money, making them low priorities for busy law-enforcement officials, he said.

“Ever deal with a bureaucracy?” he asked in an interview. “If you’re wrongly installed in there, it takes an act of God to get it out of there…. Because some paperwork is messed up, you shouldn’t not be able to get a decent job.”

At age 39, Shelby delivers pizzas because that’s one of the few jobs he can land without a background check.

He hasn’t been able to save for retirement or college for his two young children. He and his wife, a saleswoman, have no health insurance. Finances are so tight, in fact, they’re moving today to Florida because they no longer can afford their Greenbrier home.

“I’ve had my moments when I’ve been straight-up depressed,” Shelby said. “It’s been a heck of a hard road.”

Shelby said he has tried looking at the past 13-plus years as a learning experience – “how to overcome adversity, maybe.”

One lesson learned, he said, has been to not tie his self-worth to a job, but instead to things like being a good father and husband.

He jokes his wife, Bethany, remains “so positive it annoys me.” But there are limits, she said.

“The main thing, really, has been watching that zest dwindle from John,” she said. “It makes me sad….

“They see it as one mistake. They don’t see it as 10 years of building a crappy resume… that affects the rest of your life.”

Both hope the lawsuit changes things.

“If this doesn’t work, I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Shelby said. “I can’t deliver pizzas all my life.”

Matthew Bowers, (757) 222-5221, matthew.bowers@pilotonline.com

FULL STORY: Identity Theft Ruins Man’s Employment Chances

March 5th, 2011  / Author: john

See the video of this news story at:

http://www.ktsm.com/news/full-story-identity-theft-ruins-mans-employment-chances

By Lindsey Reiser – Multimedia Journalist
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 – 5:39pm

A man in Virginia Beach says his identity was stolen in El Paso, and now his failed background checks have prevented him from getting a job.

John Shelby had a arrest on his record in El Paso; it was a trespassing charge that he says was dropped before it went to court. But because his name and mug shot were in the system, a suspect could easily steal his identity by using his name upon arrest. And that’s exactly what he says happened.

“He didn’t have anything but my name when he was arrested,” Shelby said. He says a man named Jason Newton used his name when Newton was arrested.

“It kind of caused an identity crises for myself a little bit,” Shelby said. Years after his criminal charge in El Paso was dropped, he applied for a job, but was turned down.

“They said at that time I was in El Paso County Jail according to their background check,” he said. After some calls, Shelby thought it was taken care of.

“The officer sent me a letter and it said I had no record on file and it was all taken care of,” he said.

Shelby tried to move on, but every time he applied for a job, he was always passed up. Frustrated, Shelby turned to the El Paso records department. But they told him to hire a lawyer if he wanted his name cleared.

“That I needed to take responsibility for my own life and stop blaming them for my misfortune,” Shelby said.

“We need to have tight safeguards on this to make sure it doesn’t ruin someone’s life,” said Shelby’s attorney in Austin, Stephen Casey. Casey says several people are at fault for what’s happened to his client. But how could this have happened? Newton and Shelby have different hair colors, eye colors, heights, and weights. Casey thinks someone just pulled up Shelby’s prior arrest and didn’t verify that Newton was telling the truth.

“Originally it was the people who put in the information for the arrest report of Jason Newton,” Casey said. “They didn’t verify the information.”

Shelby’s background checks still show those arrests and he says delivering pizzas is the only job he’s been able to get.

“I gave up on school because I figure what’s the point, I’ve never had a job I feel suitable for,” Shelby said.

We’re told Newton is serving a life sentence right now in the alleged beating of a man. Shelby has filed a lawsuit against the city of El Paso for identity theft. We called the city for comment and they said they couldn’t comment because it was a police issue. We called police and they told us they could not comment, even on their procedures upon verifying someone’s identity upon arrest, until they consulted with the city attorney’s office.

Navy vet sues city over info on criminal record

March 5th, 2011  / Author: john

Here is an article published by Mr. John Hall with the El Paso Times:

Navy vet sues city over info on criminal record

Posted: 12/14/2010 09:43:50 AM MST

The city of El Paso faces a multimillion-dollar lawsuit that alleges the Police Department mishandled records and personal information of a man who could not get jobs as a result.

According to the suit filed in district court last week, disabled Navy veteran John Shelby is suing the city for $7.5 million, alleging that he has lost or been denied several jobs that required background checks because the crimes of another man using his name as an alias were incorrectly attributed to him and placed on his criminal record.

The city attorney’s office declined to comment Monday, citing a standing policy not to discuss pending legal matters.

According to the suit, Shelby was arrested in 1991 on suspicion of criminal trespassing, which was dismissed.

The suit alleges that Jason Newton was arrested twice in 1997, once for robbery and a second time for burglary of a vehicle and evading arrest. The suit says that both times. Newton identified himself as John Shelby.

On both occasions, the El Paso Police Department released Newton despite the fact that he was wanted in connection with an attempted murder in Mc Kinney, Texas, the suit alleges. Newton is now serving a life sentence for his part in that crime, the suit says.

Shelby’s personal information, including his Social Security number and place of birth, was filed on the arrest records made under Newton’s alias of John Shelby.

Shelby’s attorney, Stephen Casey, maintains that instead of actually verifying Newton’s


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identity, the police imported information from Shelby’s 1991 arrest.

Due to these mistakes, Casey argues that Newton’s criminal record was essentially attributed to Shelby and, as a result, Shelby has failed a series of background checks since 1997, making him virtually unemployable.

Shelby has made several attempts to clear his record over the years and was eventually able to get Newton’s criminal history expunged from his record in 2009.

“He’s basically had to be a pizza delivery driver or work in a seedy bar for the last de cade or more,” Casey said. “This has been the focus of his life, trying to get this corrected.”

The suit charges that Shelby’s privacy was violated and that he was defamed by Police Department records.

John Hall may be reached at jhall@elpasotimes.com; 546-6371.

Press Release of My Case

December 15th, 2010  / Author: john

Press Release Issued Yesterday 10-13-2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CITY OF EL PASO SUED FOR IDENTITY THEFT

El Paso, Texas – The City of El Paso received notice of a multi-million dollar lawsuit today concerning the role of the City of El Paso Police Department (CEPPD) role in the identity theft of John Shelby.
The suit alleges that in November 1997, Shelby attempted to apply for a job in El Paso but was refused because of a background check showing he was at that time incarcerated in the El Paso city jail. Shelby followed up at the jail and discovered the police actually had in custody a man named Jason Newton.
Newton had given Shelby’s name when arrested by CEPPD. Newton knew of Shelby’s name through acquaintances and only gave Shelby’s name.  Shelby got a letter from CEPPD for any future background checks which explained he was not Newton. But the mixup did not stop there and went deeper than Shelby could possibly know at that time.
Over twelve years later, after many failed jobs, firings, and multiple periods of homelessness, all due to failed background checks, an assistant district attorney for the El Paso District Court helped Shelby get
an expunction of the criminal charges for his record. When Shelby received the paperwork back from that process in January 2009, he found out the awful truth: CEPPD had caused the identity theft.
Shelby had been arrested in 1991 and the charges were dismissed; however, his information was still within CEPPD’s system. Newton had not given any other identifying information upon arrest except Shelby’s name. CEPPD had imported Shelby’s former Texas Driver’s License Number, Social
Security Number, date of birth, height, weight, hair color, eye color, and place of birth from dismissed 1991 arrest. CEPPD had also twice released Newton under Shelby’s name despite the fact that Newton was wanted at the time for capital murder and despite having falsely identified on the
arrest sheet that the information on Newton had been verified through both Federal Bureau of Investigation and Texas Department of Public Safety databases.
Shelby, a disabled veteran who is married with young children, demands justice. “My life and that of my family have been essentially destroyed because CEPPD did not do its job. They “filled in the blanks” with no concern that all of the information was wrong.” He continues, “I’ve not been able to
get any job that requires a background check and have been fired from multiple jobs because of CEPPD’s intentional substitution of my information onto Newton’s arrest record.”
His attorney, Stephen Casey, agrees. “CEPPD is privy to such private information that for them to flippantly fill in information that is wrong on its face is intolerable. Shelby and Newton are nearly seven years apart in age, six inches different in height, forty pounds different in weight, and have
different eye color, hair color, and so there is no way CEPPD verified Newton’s fingerprints in any way.” “Few people can relate to the decades long tragedy which John Shelby has had to endure simply
because CEPPD did not do its job,” Casey added. “I would hate to think that a dismissed arrest could result in having a faulty conviction for multiple felonies.”
Shelby’s suit seeks damages in excess of seven million dollars. The City of El Paso City Council voted to deny Shelby’s claim. Shelby still believes the city should compensate him for the tragedy it caused.
CONTACT STEPHEN CASEY AT 512-238-3117 FOR QUESTIONS

Channel 8 News In Austin,Tx.

November 17th, 2010  / Author: john

A special THANK YOU to Channel 8 News in Austin reporter, Sophia Wurz and to my attorney Stephen Casey, for putting this together. Great Job!

Thanks for helping get out the message of what Identity Theft can do to a person.

If you even suspect that you could be a victim of Criminal Identity Theft, check up on yourself. Check your credit reports and your own criminal record on a yearly basis at the least. Whether you are a victim of an actual Identity Thief or just the victim of a so-called “clerical error” of your local Police Department, the first step in fixing the problem is identifying it.

My Identity Theft Story

July 15th, 2010  / Author: john

My Identity Theft Story

My name is John Shelby and this is my personal Criminal Identity Theft story. It all started in Dec. of 1997. I had been hired for a really good job, but was pretty much immediately fired on my first day due to a Criminal Background Check (C.B.C.). The background check said that I was currently incarcerated in my home-town of El Paso,Tx. I was shocked and embarrassed to say the least. So I went down to the downtown precinct in El Paso to see what was going on.

Apparently, this guy had previously used my name when picked up for a robbery, had plead guilty, and had subsequently been arrested a second time for multiple felonies and had once again used my name and was (according to the fingerprint analyst) currently incarcerated. The officer then showed me the perpetrator’s mug-shot and I recognized the guy from the neighborhood. After a few phone calls, I was able to identify the guy as Jason Michael Newton. I was thanked for my time and help, then given a document stating that I had no record on file, and was sent on my way. I was a little perplexed as to how this had happened. I had been arrested myself in 1991 for a trespassing charge that was dismissed, but I had been booked and fingerprinted. So how had this mistake happened?

Well, over the next year, I had the worst time of my life. I had problems gaining employment, I eventually ended up living on the streets in Virginia Beach, Va., which was where I had previously been stationed in the Navy. Talk about rough times, but I never thought to put the two together. Eventually, by the grace of God, I was able to get off the streets and finally gain employment. Life went on, but it was always a struggle. I just never noticed the signs. I knew I had been unable to land a good job no matter my references but thought I was just unlucky. I had been denied a gun permit but was not told why, I just assumed it was due to my arrest in 1991. It wasn’t until 2004 when I had been hired for a Civil Service job, and once again immediately fired for lying on my application about my criminal record, that I realized what was happening.

Apparently, back in 1997 when I had originally gone to the El Paso police Station, that paperwork had never been filed. Mr. Newton had been released on bail under my name and had skipped bail. There were warrants for my arrest. To top it all off, the reason he had used a fake name in the first place was because he was a fugitive for a murder charge in Plano,Tx. Well, he was eventually caught and convicted. Unfortunately, that crime was also showing up on my Criminal Background Check as well as others that he had been convicted of in his own name, since I was his ALIAS. I was screwed. It all made some sense now.

That was when I started fighting. I was on the phone with the EPPD on almost a daily basis trying to get this cleared up. They at first had no idea what I was talking about since that original paperwork had never been filed, they said that basically Mr. Newton had used my ID (a lie by the way-I HAVE PROOF) so it was a case of Criminal Identity Theft. They were also adamant that there was nothing that could be done and I was just basically screwed and I would have to learn to live with it. I was furious. I started calling the news station here in Virginia Beach and was interviewed (www.goodnamegone.com Wavy 10 interview). They made a stink in Austin,Tx. for me, and the people at the State Attorney general’s office told me how to get my name cleared. But El Paso is a whole different third world country in comparison to the rest of the State of Texas, so they still refused to help. I guess they felt they were above the law.

I contacted many people over the next couple of years, politicians, Identity Theft Advocates, attorneys, you name it. With the help of these contacts, and especially the help of Brian Falco (a Criminal identity Theft expert) who was very diligent in helping me get my name cleared. Finally in Jan. of 2008, with much pressure, my record was finally expunged and the warrants for my arrest were finally dropped. Believe me, it still wasn’t over. Through the paperwork that I received after the expuncture, I started to realize all of the mistakes and cover-ups on the part of the El Paso Police Department.

It turns out that Mr. Newton had never used my ID. He had just stated my name. His whole arrest sheet was copied off of my prior arrest sheet in 1991. After his first arrest under my name, for which he plead guilty and awarded me with 2 years probation, he was given all of my personal information by the EPPD. His arrest sheet had my stats instead of his even though he was 6 years younger than me, had different colored hair and eyes, outweighed me by about 50 pounds, and was at least 5 inches taller than me. The license number that they said he had used when arrested was my license number in 1991, that had also been surrendered in another state when I had gotten a new license. They filled in my SSN on the arrest sheet. Then they gave him all of this information when he was released, so it was even easier for him to use my info the next time this career criminal was arrested.

To make it even worse. They checked the boxes on the arrest sheet that stated that they had verified his prints through FBI and DPS. Obviously untrue, since he was a fugitive with a prior record at that time. Talk about a comedy of errors on the part of these officers that made the Keystone Cops look like CSI:Miami. Because of the obvious negligence, I wasn’t even able to vote, among other Civil Rights that a Disabled Veteran should have.

So, where do I stand now? Well, due to the fact that the people in El Paso can’t seem to follow through with anything or do anything right, I still show up on many background checks. I am actually pursuing a civil suit against them. I still deliver pizzas(long story). And I am constantly active in completely clearing my name.

Seriously, if you have been a victim of any kind of Identity Theft, don’t just check your credit but also your Criminal Background. You never know, I didn’t. Even if you are just having problems getting employment, this could be the reason.

If you would like to help me out, which I really need. You can do one simple thing. Go to my website www.goodnamegone.com check out my videos and articles and make comments. That seems to be the only thing that is getting the attention of people in the right places. There is a lot to my story that has been left out that is on my website. AND if you know of any media outlets that might be interested in this bizarre story, please forward the link to them as well. Thanks!

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