May 9, 2006
It could take months or even years and thousands of dollars to rebound once you've been targeted for identity theft -- and the thieves can be found right in your own backyard.
One Louisa county woman is in trouble with the law for taking someone else's identity. The State of Virginia is fighting for justice.
The sky above Louisa County's courthouse is clear, but, over Dawn Rumsey's head, it is dark.
"Dawn Rumsey is charged with six counts of identity fraud and computer fraud," said Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney R. Don Short.
Dawn Rumsey is out of jail on bond, but she was indicted by a Louisa County grand jury.
The Louisa County woman faces six indictments. Three counts are felony identity theft, and three more are committing computer fraud with the identities.
Louisa County's commonwealth's attorney says everyone should be alert.
"It's an on-going problem, and we as citizens just need to be aware of that, and to really guard our identities as much as we can," said Short.
The Rumsey investigation stretches farther than Louisa County.
"It involves not only Louisa County, but it involves some other surrounding counties as well," added Short.
This leaves the door open for more charges.
Dawn Rumsey faces up to 45 years in prison, and a $15,000 fine.