Case of mistaken identity leaves Columbus woman in legal limbo
A young Columbus woman had her driver’s license suspended for failure to pay child support; the problem is, she does not have any kids.
Nekia Jones says she's gone back and forth with the courts and no one seems to want to help. "Why am I going through this? Why is this going on? If there's no child, there's no father, you don't have a social, DNA or anything matching me to a child to pay child support," said Jones.
Jones said she's extremely frustrated. "It's just like I'm getting the run around."
Her problems started back in July when she says that she got a traffic ticket for a seatbelt violation. Not typically the biggest deal, however, when she showed up at court to pay the fine she ran into big problems.
"Once I went to the bailiff to actually check in she told me that I was being charged with driving under suspension, failure to pay child support from the state of Ohio," said Jones.
In the nearly three months since, she's been without a license. After three trips to court she said no one seems to want to listen. She says court administrators tell her it's on the BMV, the BMV staff tell her it's on the courts. Jones says the whole mess has been a major hardship. "It's been days after days I keep having to go to court. I'm requesting days off work, I don't have my license so I'm using Lyft, Uber and family to get to where I need to be."
According to administrators, the violation code that Jones is charged with does fall under the designation for failure to pay child support. But they say, it can indicate a number of other violations as well. Jones has a court date set for October 3rd on the case. ABC 6/FOX28 will be there to help her sort through what appears to be a mess.
"They're pointing fingers at each other, but no one wants to take the blame for what's going on. Someone needs to be accountable," said Jones.