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Jailed mystery man accused of identity theft

"He'd been arrested, charged, booked in, indicted, got out of jail, bonded out of jail, all on this real person's name that he's assumed his identity," says Randall Sims "He'd been arrested, charged, booked in, indicted, got out of jail, bonded out of jail, all on this real person's name that he's assumed his identity," says Randall Sims

Identity thieves can target more than your bank account. Officers have jailed an illegal alien in Potter County, accused of faking his identity through the legal system. Potter County officials don't know exactly who the man is they have in custody tonight, and before they try to prosecute him, that's what they need to find out.

We've learned the mystery man is an illegal alien, according to the District Attorney Randall Sims.  We're told he hid behind a fake identity under a previous arrest for aggravated assault. "He'd been arrested, charged, booked in, indicted, got out of jail, bonded out of jail, all on this real person's name that he's assumed his identity," says Sims.

You may remember 53 illegal workers in Cactus pleaded guilty to identity theft charges earlier this year, but people we spoke with in Amarillo were surprised how far this alleged charade made it through the legal system. "It's scary," says Jennifer Gerber. "I can't imagine you know, someone stealing my ID and you know, it invades your privacy." Sims says he's not sure how much false identification the man may have, but is ready to prosecute him, when he learns the suspect's true identity.

"Next thing for our office to do at that point is to consider filing additional charges for the governmental records that he has in his possession, meaning his driver's license, social security cards, that sort of things that are not his." Sims says officials have been hunting for the unnamed man for days... And tells us he's still trying to get in touch with the identity theft victim. The suspect is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow.

For tips on how you can avoid becoming a victim of identity theft, click on the link below.

http://www.consumer.gov/sentinel/

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