US Marshals send wrong woman to jail, where she was strip searched and shackled

When a team of "vested up and gunned up" U.S. Marshals in Tennessee apprehended Tracy Hinson and began interrogating her about selling 10 Xanax tablets in 2012, she gave them answers that made it clear they had the wrong woman. The marshal in charge told Hinton he needed to make a call.

"After he went and made a call, he came back and told me that he had to do what the paper said he had to. He asked if I ever lived in Mt. Pleasant, and I said no," said Hinson. "They took me to the Dyer County Jail and I was fully processed there, and that included being shackled and strip searched. They said they were holding me until Lawrence County could come and pick me up that night."

From State Gazette:

Unfortunately for Hinson, officials from Lawrence County didn't arrive until late on Saturday, a full day after being arrested. During the time of being incarcerated, a frightened Hinson said she tried to think of how she was in the predicament, but she simply could come up with nothing.


Once Hinson arrived at the Lawrence County Jail, with a $5,000 bond, her husband Kenny was not far behind and was able to arrange for her to be bonded out of jail at 11:40 p.m. on Saturday night. The cost was $536 for the bail bondsman, something Hinson hopes at the very least to recoup, along with an apology from the law enforcement agency.

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Non-smoking woman forced to pay £650 fine for dropping cigarette in town she’d never been to

Emma Caresimo, 40, was surprised when a bailiff came to her home in Magor, Wales and put a clamp on her car. When she asked why, he told her she'd failed to pay a fine for dropping a cigarette butt in Wigan, 175 miles away.

"I said 'I have never been to Wigan and I don't smoke' but he wasn't having any of it," she told the BBC. "He didn't believe me and said he'd heard it all before. He said he would take the clamp off only if I paid the outstanding fines of £650."

The woman called the police. When the police arrived, they told Caresimo that the bailiff was following the law. Caresimo ended up giving the bailiff £650 (US$940) to remove the clamp.

It turns out the fine was originally given to an Emma Smith from Liverpool. Smith was Caresimo's maiden name.

A spokeswoman for Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service issued the following heartfelt apology:

"As a result of human error HMCTS wrongly took enforcement action against an individual with the same name and date of birth as an offender. We are deeply sorry for any distress caused by this regrettable incident and have arranged for the money to be refunded. We have taken steps to avoid this happening in future."

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