A Westlake man discovered someone's been using his identity for a while, and it almost cost him no small chunk of change and a major ding on his credit report.
The man, who lives on Center Ridge Road, was contacted by a collection agency over a MasterCard account he had not opened. The account, which was opened in 2005, was turned over to the collection agency with an overdue balance of -- gulp! -- $7,600.
He reported the matter to Westlake Police and it is being followed up by the collection agency.