Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 20, 2013

Identity-theft victim jailed on culprit’s warrant

NORMAN, Okla. — Kurt Millard thought he could resolve the legal matter. The 26-year-old Joplin, Mo., resident knew he hadn’t done anything wrong, even if a bail bondsman said he had a warrant for his arrest.

But before a case of mistaken identity could be resolved, Millard had spent most of the weekend  in jail.  “I didn’t even get to wish my mother a happy Mother’s Day,” he said.

 The true culprit, Jesse Boyd, had provided Millard’s birth date, his Social Security number, even an address where Millard previously lived when the suspect was arrested on the tampering charge.

That man, however, skipped a court date and a warrant was issued for Millard, who was arrested when he went to the sheriff’s office to plead his innocence. 

Millward thought a photo taken at the jail of Boyd would resolve the matter. It didn’t. “They pulled up his picture and you could see it wasn’t me,” Millard said.

He was told that didn’t matter. The sheriff’s office would need more objective evidence that  the man named in the warrant actualy was someone else. That meant confirmation by either fingerprint analysis or by retinal eye scanner, a normally quick determination. But that process was delayed over the weekend.

Millard did not get out of jail until almost noon on Monday. He is not happy with either the sheriff’s office or the bail bondsman involved. Nor has he lost sight of whose alleged actions that landed him in jail.

“I don’t know the dude,” Millard said of Boyd. “But I’ll always remember his face for doing this to me.”

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Details for this story were provided by The Joplin (Mo.) Globe.

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