Rio Rancho man gets settlement for arrest based on mistaken ID

Posted at: 04/03/2013 8:33 AM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe County is paying a $70,000 settlement to a Rio Rancho man who was arrested and then jailed for several days after being mistaken for another man with the same name.

According to a lawyer for Anthony Ortiz, his client was arrested by a police officer in 2009 because a Santa Fe County arrest warrant included Ortiz's Social Security number.

The Albuquerque Journal  reports the warrant was intended for another man sought who allegedly failed to appear in court.

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