Fugitive or mistaken identity

Fresno Woman released on bail

By Arnie Palu

A Fresno woman says its a case of mistaken identity, Inyo County officials say she’s a fugitive from justice.

According to KFSN (Fresno) Melissa Neylon a life insurance agent out of Fresno was getting a tour of the Inyo County Jail when deputies arrested her for an outstanding warrant. According to KFSN Neylon was going through security when she was flagged as a wanted felon as her fingerprints matched a warrant for a Melissa Chapman, who has been wanted by law enforcement since 2002 for identity theft.

According to Carma Roper, Inyo County Sheriffs department spokesperson, Neylon appeared in Inyo County Court Friday, December 18th and the Judge ruled that Neylon was a fugitive from justice, ruling the warrant was valid. The Judge did reduce bail to $50,000. Neylon posted bail and has been released from custody, but she is scheduled to appear back in Inyo County Court on January 13th.

Update (2:05 pm Tuesday, Dec 22)
KFSN is now reporting that a Prosecutor in Indian is indicating that Neylon is NOT a match to Chapman’s fingerprints.

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