Mistaken identity? Husband claims wife is being mistaken for wanted felon

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FRESNO, Calif. – A Fresno man is trying to prove his wife’s innocence.

Shawn Neylon says his wife, Melissa, isn’t who authorities think she is.

“You don’t believe it because it seems like it’s a TV show. And well, it’s never going to happen to me, I’m sure you’ve heard that a lot. Here it is happening,” he told KFSN.

Melissa went to the Inyo County Jail for work, but as she was going through security, she was flagged as a felon.

Deputies say her fingerprints were an identical match to another woman, Melissa Chapman.

“My reputation is on the line, my career, my kids, my livelihood. My kids have to see this, how do you think they’re going to feel? I’m mortified for them. I’m mortified for my husband and him having to deal with this,” she told KFSN from jail.

If Neylon can’t prove that she is not Chapman, she will be extradited to Indiana.

Chapman, who has been on the run since 2002, is wanted for identity theft and lived in Cincinnati.

That same year, she allegedly gave up a baby for adoption under a stolen name.

Shawn Neylon says those facts prove that his wife is innocent.

In 2002, Neylon was working in San Jose and has timecards signed by a manager to prove it. Also, he says Neylon couldn’t have given birth to a baby, because she had her tubes tied in 1999.

“It feels like you’re climbing almost an endless mountain of trying to prove someone’s innocence and just not being listened to,” Shawn said.

A judge will decide what happens to Neylon on Friday.