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B.C. police mistakenly issue tickets to hundreds of ID theft victims

Vancouver woman faces wall of ICBC bureaucracy trying to clear her name

Hundreds of B.C. drivers are being denied vehicle insurance every year after thieves steal their identities and rack up fines and police fail to check the impersonators' driver's licences carefully when issuing tickets.

"The injustice appalls me," Vancouver identity theft victim Katrina Wutke said.

The government-owned Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) told CBC News that 1,300 B.C. drivers apply each year to get the improperly issued tickets cancelled. In B.C., drivers with outstanding fines are not allowed to renew vehicle insurance or driver's licences until those debts are cleared.

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