"She who steals my good name…"

Identity theft is a huge problem these days. But sometimes the problems are worse for the thief, when they choose the wrong identity to steal.

One classic story was about a guy who, before he moved across the country, stole his neighbor’s ID to avoid some minor legal issues. When he was pulled over for a moving violation, he was promptly arrested for being an unregistered sex offender. To get out of that jam, he had to not only confess his crime to the police, but convince them of it as well.

And this morning, I found one that almost matches that one.

Some person in Texas wanted a new computer, so he called up Dell and ordered a fairly high-end machine. To pay for it, he used a stolen credit card number.

Unfortunately for the thief, the card in question belonged to one Martha Coakley of Medford, Massachusetts. It’s unlikely that very many people outside of New England would know that name, and even outside of the Bay State she’s not a household name.

But in her home state, she’s known as “Madame Attorney General.”

Massachusetts has a well-earned reputation for being soft on criminals, but something tells me this particular miscreant will end up having the book thrown at them.

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