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Bloomington council to consider $55K settlement for wrongful arrest

BLOOMINGTON-POLICE

BLOOOMINGTON (WEEK) - The Bloomington City Council will consider paying a cash settlement to an identity theft victim, who authorities now acknowledge was wrongfully arrested earlier this year.

The council is expected to vote Tuesday night whether to pay Lisa Gilmore $55,000 after she spent approximately 37 hours in jail.

In a report to the council, the city attorney said someone using Gilmore's name cashed fraudulent checks at a local currency exchange last October. Bloomington Police obtained a warrant for Gilmore's arrest, and she was taken into custody in another state in February.

"After her arrest, additional information was presented and it became clear that Ms. Gilmore was a victim of identity theft and had nothing to do with fraudulent activity," the city attorney's report also said.

Howard Packowitz

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