Identity Theft Victim Helps Solve Own Case

A check forger is behind bars while investigators search for an accomplice. A break in the case came from an identity theft victim.

"She took my identity. She pretty much became me.” Melissa helped a Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department deputy solve her identity theft case. “It made me more relaxed and relieved knowing she's in jail and I found the person that did it.”

A 26-year-old woman arrested in Lincoln is accused of stealing Melissa's driver’s license and then her identity. Using Melissa’s driver’s license, the check forger set up a phony account and passed bad checks at 40 locations.

Truck stop security cameras showed the suspect using Melissa’s driver’s license to verify a $100 phony check for gas and merchandise. “I was irritated and wanted the girl to get caught.”

Melissa collected photos of the suspect using her identity at several stores and posted them on Facebook. One of her Facebook friends recognized the suspect giving the detective a real name. “With these photos you had and people identifying her I was able to go to Lincoln, interview her and recover evidence, your driver’s license and those forged checks,” says Sarpy County deputy Matt Barrall.

Melissa found the suspect who stole her identity by posting a wanted poster of her own on Facebook. “I have new Facebook friends."

The suspect in custody isn't giving the name of the woman with her. Detective Barrall wants to talk to that person, so if you know her call Sarpy County Crime Stoppers at 592-STOP.

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