Police arrest wrong woman after identity is stolen

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The real Kim Fossen tells how she was arrested for a crime she didn't commit.

CLACKAMAS COUNTY - A Clackamas County woman fights to clear her name after her identity is stolen and police arrest her in front of her family for crimes she didn’t commit.

Kim Fossen came to KATU News last week after Clackamas County deputies shackled her and locked her up in front of her two-year-old child on a felony fugitive warrant, accusing her of theft and prostitution.

The warrant was out of the state of New York charging her with burglary in the second degree and grand larceny.

Fossen sat in jail for more than a day but she wasn’t the criminal; instead, it was 22-year-old Lien Thi Huynh, a Miami Beach escort who was using Fossen’s identity for at least three years and committing crimes in her name.

But in Naples, Florida police finally got the right person – Huynh – the fake Kim Fossen.

Even Huynh’s mug shots from Miami-Dade and Broward counties listed her as 30-year-old Kim Fossen.

Police accused Huynh of a bar hook-up theft. They said she stole a man’s Jaguar with $168,000 in jewelry and Louis Vitton Luggage after meeting him in a bar, hooking up with him the next day at a restaurant, and then going to the man’s house, Naplesnews.com reported.

Police used Huynh’s DNA found on a wine glass in the man’s home as evidence to link her to the theft.

The crazy thing for the real Kim Fossen was that Huynh’s DNA was even linked to Fossen’s name in some cities, which was something she tried to explain to Clackamas County deputies when they arrested her.

She said the experience was “horrific.”

“They thought I was her and they put me in a holding cell for six hours, stripped me down naked and then put jail clothes on me. And I had to go into a cell. I was checked in among criminals,” said Fossen.

She said she hopes by going public she will avoid more arrests.
 
All of this started when she lost her purse five years ago, even though she canceled her credit cards and obtained new identification.