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May 13, 2014

Area man: ID theft has been a 'nightmare'

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“We’re living off very little income,” Kachel said.

Kachel said he recently applied for welfare, but was again unsuccessful because of identification issues. No one believes he is who he says he is, Kachel said.

The Kachels frequently bring Sara, who is autistic, has muscular dystrophy and suffers from a seizure disorder, to Albany Medical Center for doctor’s appointments. Now, Kachel said, they can no longer afford it and have already had to cancel her upcoming appointment.

Kachel said he doesn’t know how he will pay for his approaching surgery or the mortgage on his home. He is also dealing with car problems, he said.

“I don’t understand how this can all be happening,” Kachel said. 

Donald Rebovich, executive director of the the Center for Identity Management and Information Protection at Utica College, said it would be wise for Kachel to hire an attorney. It could take a while, but legal recourse may be necessary, Rebovich said. In these types of situations the burden is, unfortunately, left on the victim to prove they were victimized, but getting a good attorney is one of the most important things he or she can do.

Kachel said he has contacted a lawyer, who he hopes will be able to help sort things out. His brother-in-law, a retired policeman, is also trying to help.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Kachel said. “I might lose everything I have, including my house and car. But the important thing is that I don’t lose my daughter. I don’t care if I lose everything else, as long as someone doesn’t come in and say I’m unfit to care for her because of my financial situation.”

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