Traffic tickets piled up in his name and a warrant was issued for his arrest, but the man whose name is listed on the paperwork isn’t the one who police are seeking.
The real Phil Follette said he has been the victim of identity theft twice in the past 20 years and now is working to clear his name in Johnson County. Another man, who has claimed to be Follette, has been charged with identity deception and forgery.
More than 3,500 Hoosiers have their identities used fraudulently each year. Some victims don’t find out their information has been used until several months later and then face the challenge and financial burden of fixing the damage.