Web Extra: Louisiana Woman Suing FL Sheriff's Office Over Case of Mistaken Identity

Published 06/13 2014 12:33PM

Updated 06/13 2014 12:36PM

Clay County, FL -- 
A Louisiana woman is suing Florida's Clay County Sheriff's Office after she spent a month in jail for crimes committed by a woman with her same name.

Ashley Nicole Chiasson of Louisiana shares the first and last name and "general physical characteristics" of another woman who has been accused of "financial type crimes".

Because of the mistake, charges against Chiasson were dropped Friday, according to CCSO. It seems her only crime was having the name Ashley Chiasson.

Chiasson's lawyer, Andrew Bonderud, says he's suing CCSO, to help make sure another wrong arrest doesn't happen again.

"It's clear that that there is a policy, a pattern, an informal practice that has led to three separate occasions," he said. "You want to laugh at the absurdity of it, but then you realize that someone's life is hanging in the balance," he added.

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