Warner Robins woman arrested in Baldwin County identity theft

Investigators trying to identify four other suspects

lfabian@macon.comFebruary 14, 2013 

A Baldwin County couple knew something was wrong when they noticed credit card purchases made on their account in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Macon and Warner Robins.

In just one day, about $3,000 in charges appeared on their account.

They reported the identify theft in mid-December.

Wednesday, after weeks of working with the Secret Service’s Organized Fraud Task Force, investigators arrested 25-year-old Dorties Brown of Warner Robins, said Capt. Brad King of the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.

Brown is charged with one count of felony identity fraud.

She is suspected of working with at least four other people who swiped fake credit cards in about 60 transactions in 30 locations.

“They’re tied to someone who is making fraudulent credit cards,” King said. “Had the owner of the original card not been keeping up with his statement, this would have gone on at least a month until the next statement.”

King suspects the group has been involved in other identity theft cases.

King encourages everyone to monitor their bank activity to catch unusual purchases before thieves can rack up major damage.

Many financial institutions will alert customers when something looks suspicious, so account holders are urged to check their bank’s policy.

“These folks charged nearly $3,000 in just one day. If you do the math, it could be incredible,” King said. “Your credit line is the limit.”

Identity theft cases are very difficult to solve, he said.

“They are manpower intensive and they involve travel,” King said.

Through the assistance of the federal task force, sheriff’s Lt. Bobby Langford was able to track down Brown, but officials want to get to the person who is making the phony cards.

“The amount of transactions they made in a short amount of time tells me they know what they are doing,” King said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office at (478) 445-4891 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.

To contact Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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