Oregon Woman Wins False Imprisonment Case

November 13, 2013

Jurors awarded more than $101,000 to a Happy Valley, Ore., woman who was a victim of identity theft and wrongly arrested by Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies.

The Oregonian reports jurors deliberated less than two hours before reaching a verdict upholding Kimberly Fossen’s claims of negligence and false imprisonment against Clackamas County.

Fossen was arrested in 2009 and spent a night in jail and was arraigned in shackles before she was released.

An arrest warrant had been issued in New York accusing her of theft. The woman police were looking for had assumed Fossen’s identity. Fossen told deputies about the identity theft when they arrested her and asked them to check her fingerprints.

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