She relies on child support to help pay her bills and hoped to get Christmas gifts for her children. Now a Southeastern Kentucky woman is just trying to get by after she says somebody else cashed her child support check.
Autumn Bays is a mother of four and says she needed every penny of her child support check before Christmas, but the check never came.
"I just kept watching the mail for it, thought if might have been lost," Bays said.
But it wasn't lost. Police say someone stole the check and then cashed it at a Corbin business. State child support mailed Bays back a copy of the check with someone else's version of her signature. Bays says she wasn't able to buy Christmas gifts for her children and the lack of money has sent her into a financial tailspin.
"I've lost my phone, car insurance. I can't afford to pay anything," she said.
Meanwhile, Corbin Police have had no luck in trying to find the person who stole the check and as for the business, they say they simply don't check people's ID's when accepting checks.
"They don't keep any records, an account number who they accepted the check by," said Sgt. David Maiden with the Corbin Police Department.
And they're urging businesses to be responsible to prevent more people from becoming a victim.
"Ask to see their ID's. Don't worry about offending anyone. That's the only thing that's going to slow it down," Maiden said.
"Watch your mail closely. If you're expecting money, keep an eye out," Bays said.
Bays says she's trying to get her December child support money from state officials.