Identity Theft Ruins Man's Employment Chances

Identity Theft Ruins Man's Employment Chances

POSTED: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 10:45am

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 3:14pm

A man from Virginia Beach says his identity was stolen in El Paso, and now his failed background checks have prevented him from getting a job.

John Shelby lived in El Paso several years ago; he was arrested for trespassing when he went to pick up his friend from a local high school, but the charge was later dismissed. However, his information and mug shot were in the system.

A few years later, when he was working at the Tigua Indian Reservation, he applied for a promotion. He was denied and supervisors told him when they ran him name through a background check, he was listed as incarcerated in the El Paso County Jail.

After some research, he found out another man named Jason Newton, who had been arrested, told police his name was John Shelby. Since he was in the system, they arrested Newton under the alias of Shelby. Shelby made several calls and eventually received a letter from the police department saying the real John Shelby was not in jail and this was a case of identity fraud.

Years later, Newton continued to use Shelby's name, and was accused of crimes such as robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity. Newton is now serving a life sentence for attempted murder in McKinney, TX.

But even after moving away and attempting to have his record expunged, Shelby says he is still failing background checks because of this ordeal. 

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