Friday, January 08, 2010

Identity Theft Left Victim Unable to Marry


by Aleshia Altizer

Getting married should be an exciting and very special occassion. But for one identity theft victim, a trip to the courthouse to get a marriage certificate turned into a four year nightmare when court records showed she was already married to someone else.

According to a New York Post article detailing the incident, the victim’s identity was stolen over ten years ago, and the thief used it to marry and even file state and federal tax returns among other crimes. All this went unnoticed until the victim went to get a marriage license and was turned away from the registrars’ office because records showed she had married over ten years ago.

According to the article, it’s been four years since the identity theft discovery, and since then the victim has endured problems with the IRS and her personal life and is also waiting for the marriage to be expunged so she can finally get married and move on with her life.

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Aleshia Altizer is a Corporate Writer at Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. Pre-Paid Legal's signature products, including the Life Events Legal Plan and Identity Theft Shield, serve more than 1.5 million families in North America.

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