OGDEN -- It has been said everyone has a double.
Adam J. Gibson, of Ogden, wishes his double would just stop using his name.
For the past 11 months Gibson, 38, has been working to clear his name, thanks to Robby J. Thompson, 39.
"Every day I'm hoping I'm OK," Gibson said in his home.
Gibson has served time in Weber County Jail for misdemeanors, but he has never been charged or arrested for a felony, according to the court website.
Thompson, on the other hand, has been arrested and charged with felonies in 3rd District Court.
But since October 2012, whenever Thompson has been arrested, he has given police Gibson's name and birthdate, Gibson said. According to the court website, several cases were filed under Gibson's name this year, but all have been dismissed and the charges have been filed under Thompson's name.
"It's rare for someone to be booked in jail under a false name," said Davis County Sheriff's Sgt. Susan Poulsen.
But it does happen, and it did again just this month.
The most recent arrest with Thompson using Gibson's name happened in Centerville the afternoon of Sept. 10.
Police were called to a shoplifting in progress at Walmart, said Assistant Police Chief Paul Child.
"People are constantly giving us false information," Child said.
When Officer Jeremy Brown arrested Thompson, he found in the backpack the stolen items, but no identification.
"He didn't have any ID, so I asked him for his name and date of birth, and he gave me Adam Gibson's name and exact date of birth," Brown said.
Brown looked up Gibson's driver's license photo. The photo filed with the Driver License Division looks a lot like Thompson, but Brown had no idea Thompson was not Gibson.
"It looked pretty close, and I believed him," Brown said.
Normally, the driver's license photos alert police if they have someone who is giving them false information.
Brown did send out an alert to other police agencies that he had arrested "Gibson," in case the man was wanted by the other agencies.
That is when a Salt Lake detective called him and told him "Gibson" may be Thompson.
Brown had booked the man in Davis County Jail under Gibson's name. He also took the man's fingerprints and sent them to the Bureau of Criminal Identification.
"I was told Gibson has one finger that is very unique," Brown said.
That night, the real Gibson was in Ogden browsing the Internet when he saw Thompson's face with his name, saying he was booked in jail. Thompson was released from jail on Monday, officials said.
"For the past year, I've been dealing with this," the real Gibson said. "I have a few misdemeanors, mostly for intoxication, but my life is going good now."
Gibson said he met Thompson in 2008 at the Ogden Rescue Mission when Gibson was living on the streets. Gibson ended up joining rehabilitation and has been working to stay off the streets.
He has not had personal contact with Thompson for several years.
Then in October 2012, Gibson got a letter from the Driver License Division saying his license had been suspended because of an arrest for drug charges.
"I called them up and told them I hadn't been arrested, but then it got worse from there," said Gibson.
Gibson uses his driver's license for identification. He has not driven a car in about 16 years.
Gibson said he talked to prosecutors and they told him to talk to police. The police would send him back to prosecutors.
He even traveled to Salt Lake City, using the bus and FrontRunner, several times to clear his name.
Gibson learned the man who was using his name entered guilty pleas.
According to the court website, it wasn't until August of this year the court believed Gibson, which was 10 months after Thompson had entered guilty pleas, using Gibson's name, to shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.
"The defendant entering guilty pleas in this case while in custody was in fact not Adam Gibson," according to notes filed on the court docket on Aug. 28. Gibson's driver's license was reinstated on that same date.
Gibson said he hopes the nightmare he has been living the past year is over, but he has heard rumors Thompson has been seen in Ogden.
"I'm just screaming, and it seems like no one is listening," Gibson said.
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