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Convicted for crimes I didn't commit

Mr Sha'Aban Yahya was arrested in 2009 for a crime he did not commit.

That was when he found out someone had been masquerading as him for years, committing crimes such as theft and housebreaking, and had been in and out of prison five times.

His record was finally wiped clean last April 5 after the authorities made an application in the High Court to quash the convictions against him.

His mistaken arrest was believed to have sparked off a major police review of its entire database of more than 500,000 criminal records.

It found another six people whose identities had been stolen and convicted without their knowledge. Their records were also set straight.

Someone applied for loans under my name

She was in the midst of her wedding preparations and wanted to apply for new credit cards and renovation loans.

But she her applications were denied.

The finance executive later discovered by chance that her colleague had stolen her identity to apply for loans under her name.

Ms Renee Tan, 29, found out only two years after it happened, reported SimplyHer magazine in April 2011.

She confronted the colleague who admitted to taking a photocopy of her IC when she was away from her desk

The colleague also figured out how to forge Ms Tan's signature by examining Ms Tan's credit card.

Someone applied for seven phone lines in my name

He lost his bag after a session at the gym. Then, he received mobile phone bills in his name for $1,015, reported The New Paper in January 2007.

Mr Gavin Tan, who was 22 and an undergraduate then, had his Singapore Armed Forces identity card in the bag.

He found out about the phone lines when he received congratulatory letters from M1. He also received bills for four lines with StarHub.

He terminated all of them.