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Thieves steal Franklin woman's identity, $16K

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Thieves stole Callie Casey's identity and racked up $16,000 in fraudulent charges. Thieves stole Callie Casey's identity and racked up $16,000 in fraudulent charges.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -

Each year thousands of people become victims of identity theft.

Callie Casey had heard the statistics before but never thought it would happen to her.  

Last week the Williamson County fitness studio owner was stunned to learn it did.  She had been robbed of her identity.

Casey told Nashville's News 2 it all started last Thursday when she received a bill from a home improvement company for nearly $4,000 in purchases she didn't make.

"I thought, ‘Who did this? Where did this come from? Where was the mistake made and where do I start to fix it?'"

During the next few days the bills kept coming.  The thieves recently went on a two-day shopping spree purchasing everything from jewelry to appliances.

The crooks left a trail throughout Louisiana racking up $16,000 in charges.

Casey told Nashville's News 2 the thieves somehow obtained all of her personal information, including her mother's maiden name, and opened several credit cards in her name.

Casey is now left with a bad credit score and a big mess on her hands.

"This is the last thing I would have thought that's going to happen to me," said Casey.

She filed a report with police and plans to drive to Louisiana to meet with law enforcement there.  She hopes store surveillance video helps capture the thieves.

Experts say Casey is not responsible for the bills.

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