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Thieves use stolen ID, rack up year of collection notices for family

By Nicole Vowell | Posted - May 18, 2015 at 10:31 p.m.


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RIVERTON — Heather Sanders and her husband Casey have dreaded checking the mail for the past year.

“Every day when I get the mail I’m worried I’m going to have another collections notice,” Heather Sanders said.

The problem is the collection notices are addressed to her but she’s not the one racking up the charges.

“It just feels violating having someone use your license and not be you.”

In April 2014, Sanders and her family parked their car in an LDS church parking lot at 2700 W. 12345 South in Riverton.

“My car was broken into and they stole my purse,” Sanders said.

She canceled her credit and debit cards immediately but the thieves still had her driver's license. A year later she’s still receiving notices from collection agencies. “(They) have been using my driver’s license to write fraudulent checks at different retail stores.”


It just feels violating having someone use your license and not be you.

–Heather Sanders


On top of the thousands spent at retail stores across Utah, the thieves even racked up more than $2,000 worth of dental bills. “Root canal, a bite-wing X-ray,” Sanders reads the list from one of the three dental offices she received statements from.

Last week, the Sanders family received a bit of good news from detective Kelly Shafto with the Millcreek precinct of the Unified Police Department.

“It just felt really good to finally have something,” Sanders said.

UPD released surveillance images from various different Mountain America Credit Unions across the Wasatch Front. The two individuals in the photos, police suspect, are the couple behind the fraud.

“The female suspect is in the passenger seat … there is a male with her and they are cashing a stolen check," Lt. Justin Hoyal with the department said.

If you recognize the couple in the photos or have any tips, Unified Police ask you to call 385-468-9632.

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