ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany man says he has some hope his identity theft nightmare might be over, when the crook he thinks involved was arrested in Cobb County. But now he is concerned that man may not be charged, because he is hitting a bureaucratic stone wall.
Larry Williford says his life has been hell for the last year, after he became an identity theft victim. But now he says it seems law enforcement statewide is not organized to stop the crime.
"I barely sleep at night. I wake up in the middle of the night with it on my mind. I go to work with it on my mind," he said.
Williford says after passing their home buying program, he now can't get a Veteran's Administration home loan. Grady Hospital in Atlanta says he owes more than seven thousand dollars for medical care, even though Williford says he can prove he wasn't there. He says someone used his name at the hospital, stealing his identity.
"It has my credit where I can't get any credit where I can't, everything. All my finances from the Veteran's Administration is being halted because of his ordeal."
Law enforcement experts say Williford is one of thousands of identity theft victims in Georgia.
"Identity theft is the fastest growing crime, financial crime, in the world today," said Sheriff's Captain Craig Dodd.
But Williford says even though the man he suspects is in being held in Cobb County, he worries law enforcement will not be able to help him.
"I just can't seem to get any help when I talk to the peoples up in Atlanta, where all of this stuff occurred from. I'm just getting passed over from one officer to another one."
Williford says he can't understand how law enforcement across Georgia can't be organized to deal with identity theft, if there are so many victims. Now he keeps working with Albany Police, hoping they can work with Cobb County Authorities to clear his name, and let him get his life back on track.
Williford and Investigators say the best way to protect your identity is to keep a close watch on your credit report, so you can report criminal issues quickly, before they grow too big.