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Clerical Error Has Mom in Court Instead of Home for Christmas Eve
COLUMBUS (Lisa Rantala/Kate Liebers) -- A mother with no criminal record spent Christmas Eve in the jailhouse, apparently because of a clerical error.
Natasha Marcum said she has been stopped by police twice in the last few days for outstanding drug trafficking warrants she doesn't have.
Officers apparently told her that her license plates were not registered under her name, but that of Lewis Payne -- a felon who has violated his parole and is considered dangerous.
Officers told her that an identity theft was to blame, but she later learned it was actually a courtroom clerical error.
According to the county, someone at the parole authority made a typo when Payne was released in October, giving him Marcum's social security number.
For Marcum, that typo has meant time wasted at the courts. She is also apprehensive about driving for fear she will be pulled over and cited for minor traffic violations.
The county officials told ABC 6/FOX 28 that this happens a lot. But for Marcum, it happened on Christmas Eve.
"I have a kidney failure patient at home and I have a 16-year-old son to raise," Marcum said. "I couldn't even do Christmas because of this."