Police: Woman admits to stealing Colorado Springs resident’s identity, using it for 4 years

Kalena Winston stole a local woman's identity for four years/Photo courtesy: CSPD
Kalena Winston stole a local woman's identity for four years/Photo courtesy: CSPD

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Lose your wallet and you’ll most likely face challenges.

“When they lost the wallet, they essentially lost themselves,” said Det. Joshua Bliss with the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit.

It’s what happened to one victim soon after moving to Colorado Springs.

“This person did look like the victim, so it wasn’t a point where they’re morphing themselves to become the victim. They were fairly close when you just took a quick look at the Arkansas driver’s license,” Bliss said.

According to police affidavits, the suspect, 40-year-old Kalena Winston, had just met the victim at a club downtown in 2012 when she stole her identity.

The victim’s wallet contained three forms of identification, making it a lot easier for her identity to be stolen. Winston was even able to get a Colorado state ID.

“She was stopped several times here in the City of Colorado Springs. In 2014, 2015 and most recently in 2016. At each of those occurrences she presented herself as the victim,” Bliss said.

While this type of identity takeover isn’t common, police said it can be very severe.

“The victim ended up having a criminal record for failing to appear in court, as well as traffic violations against her,” Bliss said.

It’s why police recommend keeping only your driver’s license in your wallet, and other forms of identification, like your social security card, passport, or birth certificate at home when you don’t need them.

Winston is facing several federal and state charges, some of which include filing fraudulent tax returns, theft, and identity theft.

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