An investigation into a fraudulent check led Albuquerque police to arrest the victim of identity theft, even though the perpetrator who used his ID to cash the check looked dramatically different, according to a lawsuit filed this month.
John Ganley is a 40-year-old dispatcher for the Kirtland Air Force Base Fire Department. He’s a military veteran with security clearance and no criminal record, according to the civil suit. At some point in the fall of 2015, his identity was stolen.
The lawsuit filed in state District Court alleges that in September 2015 a person who is “much younger and bears no resemblance” to Ganley provided Ganley’s driver’s license to the teller when he cashed a fraudulent check. That interaction was recorded on surveillance footage, which contains “clear views” of him, according to the suit.
Police investigated the check, using the driver’s license number to track down a photo of Ganley. Although the person shown in the surveillance footage was “younger, had very different facial features and was of smaller build” than Ganley, police swore out an arrest warrant and criminal complaint against Ganley in March 2016, according to the lawsuit.