You Can Trust Law Enforcement Right?

August 15, 2012

If you can trust anyone, it’s law enforcement; right? Well, not necessarily. Especially not if the person in question is former police chief Carl Mullen. He was recently indicted on charges of wire fraud and identity theft. According to the indictment, Mullen is accused of using the police department’s credit cards, and the identities of other officers, to obtain cash advances and pocket the money – in the name of a criminal investigation.

He allegedly requested that the financial authority pay the balances every month so that he was able to steal money from the department for a period of nearly two years. It’s amazing that it took so long for the police department to catch on, and it is also a bit frightening. It is really difficult to trust anyone.

Workplace identity theft is not uncommon. One FTC study puts the number at about 700,000 victims per year. It may be a coincidence that Mullen happened to work for the police department, or it may be a sign of a serious problem that is just coming to light. Of course, you cannot withhold your personal information from law enforcement, and you are asked to contact law enforcement to report a suspicion of identity theft being committed against you.

Do I even need to mention that it is a good idea to have an identity theft protection plan to help prevent this type of situation from seriously impacting your life? While it is unlikely that this particular circumstance will happen to you – especially if you don’t work for the police department – the odds that you will be hit with some type of identity fraud in the future are very high. You can be alerted to unusual activity on your credit cards – both home and business if they are in your name – and in some cases you can even have prepaid legal assistance to help clear your name so that you don’t lose a lot of time and money.