An area man will be back in court next month, more than a year after he was accused of stealing the identity of a Burkesville man. Just over a year ago, Mark Capps' identity was stolen by Chad Grimsley.
Grimsley got proper identification under the assumed name, and bought a cell phone and a brand new truck under Capps good credit rating.
Capps says his credit has finally been restored, but unlike a year ago, he's a little more skeptical of his fellow man.
So how did Grimsley get Capps personal information? Grimsley's mother used to work at Riverfront Chevrolet in Burkesville and took her customers' personal records with her when she left that job.
Dealership owner Greg Smith says customers' personal information is now kept under lock and key, and although more thorough background checks are conducted, he says he has to put his trust in his employees.
As a result of the incident, Chad Grimsley was charged with theft of identification, theft by deception and multiple counts of forgery. After pleading guilty, the Commonwealth recommended a five-year sentence, but after a few weeks in jail, Judge Tom Lewis let him out on probation.
Grimsley is still out on probation at this time. He'll be in court again on Oct. 24, that's a show cause hearing to determine if he has paid his court fees.
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Source: www.idtheftcenter.org (Identity Theft Resource Center Web site) contributed to this report.