John Doe found guilty on four counts of identity theft

RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com KRNV) — It’s a crime that makes many feel helpless and violated — victims often never come face to face with their perpetrator.

Tuesday, one victim will get his day in court. The trial, United States of America v. John Doe, begins Tuesday morning. The state believes they still do not know the real identity of the defendant, Mr. John Doe.

Doe faces four counts, the highest being a felony. Doe faces one count of Unlawful Production of an Identification Document dating back on October 1, 2010, two counts of Aggravated Identity Theft, and False Attestation in Immigration matter.

Doe is accused of knowingly using another person’s name, date of birth, and social security number to obtain a Nevada Driver’s License, as well as using the I.D. Doe is also accused of using the victim’s identity to fill out an Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) to gain employment from Granite Construction Company in Sparks, Nevada, knowing that said attestation was false.

There will be 12 jurors in the trial, and one alternate. The government has 10 to 14 witnesses. News 4 spoke with one Public Affairs Specialist with the United States Attorney’s Office and she says the trial could last through the week in order to get through all of the witnesses.

The trial begins at 9 a.m. Tues. in United States District Court, District of Nevada, under Judge Miranda Du.

If you believe you have fallen victim to identity theft, there are a series of steps you should immediately take. According to the Federal Trade Commission you should place an initial fraud alert, order your credit reports, and create an identity theft report. Also, placing both extended fraud alerts and credit freezes on your credit reports can make it more difficult for an identity thief to open new accounts in your name.

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