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      Damaging Identity Theft

      Jesse Sanchez of San Benito said he just wants his life back to normal.

      He said he lost his wallet when he was just 17-years-old, and it ended up in the wrong hands.

      Sanchez said his life has never been the same.

      "It's affected me real bad because I can TMt get a job, without them doing a background check on me and I really don TMt know what else this guy has done to my credit, Sanchez said.

      San Benito police said unfortunately when someone's identity is stolen, the burden of proof falls on the victim.

      Investigator Rogelio Banda said it's during this time of year that police see an increase in identity theft reports.

      "They have to pretty much be able to verify and state that it was not them that made that purchase or had that employment, Banda said. Usually, around this time of the year, we see identity theft cases go up sometimes during income tax season.

      Sanchez said the person that allegedly has been using his name to work throughout the U.S. was once caught, jailed and deported to Mexico.

      However, he said just recently the man or possibly someone else started using his identity again.

      Sanchez carries a letter with him issued by the Department of Public Safety, since they TMve been investigating the case.

      However, Sanchez said it TMs not enough though, because employers will not hire him for things that pop-up on his criminal background.

      Sanchez claims they are not his wrongdoings but those of the identity thieves.

      "There is something wrong with the system, Sanchez said. If someone is out there that has identity theft and needs help, there should be a system that will be there to help people (going through this).

      Hernandez said Social Security administrators have told him he can get a new number, however, Sanchez would have to give up all the earnings made with his original number.

      Police warn people should not leave any items like wallets or documents with personal information in plain sight in their cars.