February 13, 2013
In my final years in the public defender's office, identity theft became a factor for many clients wrongly accused of crimes. Someone would be arrested for a crime while possessing false identification in the client's name. After making bail, the criminals would disappear while a warrant was issued for the real person whose ID they had stolen. I saw firsthand the devastation in the lives of these victims. On top of false criminal charges, the real criminal could destroy the victim financially by using their credit cards or taking out loans in the victim's name.