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Judge’s decision reversed in identity case

The Kansas Court of Appeals has reversed a district court judge’s decision to set aside the identity theft conviction of a Barton County resident, County Attorney Amy Mellor reported Tuesday.
Following a jury trial, Melissa Valles was convicted of illegally using the Social Security number of a Colorado resident to obtain employment at several Great Bend businesses. However, the judge who heard the case granted a motion to arrest judgement, essentially ruling that the court did not have jurisdiction over the case.
The Barton County Attorney’s office appealed that decision, and the Court of Appeals agreed that the ...


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