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Thief suing Verizon for $72 million for being locked up in prison after being allowed to use stolen ID

By Mason White 1:01 PM January 6, 2017
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By: Tanya Malhotra

A convicted thief who was sentenced to many years in prison, is suing Verizon for being allowed to use a stolen identity, according to court documents in Florida.

52-year-old James Leslie Kell of Highlands County, walked into a Verizon store and used a stolen identification of an existing customer to purchase products and services.

Kell was eventually caught, and he was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for identity theft.

Now, Kell is demanding $72 million from Verizon, claiming that their employee caused him to lose his freedom.

Kell told the court that the Verizon employee should have known that he was using a stolen ID because he was in the store for more than an hour.

He claims that Verizon is guilty of negligence.