If Peter Galucci hadn’t been the curious type, there’s no
telling how long it would have taken Marc Paul Griffith to get a job. He’d already
applied for jobs with five other police agencies in Oregon, and been rejected each time.
Those disappointments, coupled with the denial of Marc and
Rachel Griffith’s mortgage application, had the Griffiths flummoxed; they’d always been very
responsible and paid all their bills on time. Marc’s resume was impeccable. He was
in the Air Force and had just completed a tour of duty in Iraq as an
airman. Why weren’t things working out for them?
When Galucci, a sheriff’s background investigator compared
that impeccable resume to Griffith’s
rap sheet, things just didn’t add up. Galucci’s investigation revealed that Griffith had a history of
unpaid hospital, phone and utility bills, unresolved traffic violations, a
suspended driver’s license and outstanding arrest warrants.
The only plausible explanation was identity theft.
Travelle “Cash” Bradford, of Phoenix,
was stopped for a traffic violation last week, and presented Griffith’s insurance number and paperwork. He
was arrested and charged with identity theft and forgery.
Some of the Griffith’s
prayers have been answered--Griffith finally a
job as a sheriff’s deputy in Clackamas
County—but they still
have a questions about what happened to them.
They were always careful to tear up their mail before
disposing of it, and they’ve never so much as driven through Phoenix. So how did Bradford
get Marc Paul Griffith’s personal information? Like most identity theft
victims, the Griffiths
will probably never find out how it happened.
For now they’re living with their kids and dogs in a third
floor apartment in a neighborhood that scares them both. So many of their
neighbors have been arrested that Griffith
changes into his sheriff’s deputy uniform at work, just to avoid trouble.
Rachel Griffith has a new full-time job, too. She works full
time trying to resolve the legal and financial problems left in the wake of the
identity theft. There are only four more fraudulent accounts to close out, and
she figures that should take only about six more months.