TV reality show makes a big mistake According to ABC's WZZM13, they show the wrong man and the wrong name, Keith Todd, in connection with a crime.
The MSNBC show was “Caught on Camera: Dash Cam Diaries” with video footage from October 2009. The police received a call from John Gambino who reports that he has found his stolen limo from A One Limousine at a gas station. When the authorities arrive, they find John and Todd Keith wrestling. John tries to restrain the perpetrator, but Todd wasn’t going down easily, so he got away by wiggling out of his shirt. He ran to a near-by McDonalds with the police hot on his trail. He breaks through a plate-glass window, making a dash back to the waiting limo. However, he can’t shut the door fast enough to keep the police out. The officers zap him and then arrest him.
When the show, “Caught on Camera: Dash Cam Diaries” aired, they show the footage of what happened, but they give the name of Keith Todd along with his picture instead. Keith Todd, 32, is an entirely different individual not even connected with the crime. He is a construction worker from western Michigan.
Keith would never have known, but his uncle was watching the show and saw his nephew's face and name plastered on TV with the label of him being a habitual criminal. Keith Todd of Wyoming, filed papers in Wayne County Circuit Court against NBC Universal, the Eastpointe Police Department, and A One Limousine for public humiliation, crying spells, loss of employment income and more.
The episode was removed from the air and website. Keith Todd also asked for a retraction, which the network corrected with, “The man previously named and shown had no relation to the crime. We regret the error.”
Grand Rapids Lawyer, Jonathan Browning said, “There doesn’t seem to be a lot of quality control. Nobody bothered to take a close look and confirm it was the right person.”
The real criminal, Todd Keith pleaded guilty to receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle, assaulting, destruction of property, and resisting or obstructing an officer. He was sentenced to over a year in prison on each count.
As for Keith Todd, he does have a record of suing checks without sufficient funds. He also has a minor theft case in Florida. He has been on probation for those crimes.