Women accused of identity theft

Two Bowling Green women are accused of stealing the identities of other women with the same names and using those identities to obtain credit cards.

Jacqueline Harris Brown, 46, 1668 Johnson Drive, was indicted last week on two counts of identity theft, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, fraudulent use of a credit/debit card valued at $500 or more but less than $10,000 and receiving stolen goods valued at $500 or more but less than $10,000 within a six-month period, according to the indictment.

Brown is accused of opening accounts using the identification information of two other Jacqueline Browns, one woman in Lilburn, Ga., and another in Cooperstown N.Y., according to the indictment. She also is accused of having two checks in the amount of $1,100 each in another woman’s name.

Dana Albertha Johnson, 28, 3218 Silvercreek Ave., Apt A, is charged with one count of receiving stolen goods valued at more than $10,000 within a six-month period, fraudulent use of a credit card over $10,000 within a six-month period, 13 counts of identity theft, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, receiving stolen goods valued at $500 or more but less than $10,000 within a six month period, possession of stolen mail matter and receiving stolen property valued under $500, according to the indictment.

Johnson is accused of opening accounts on other Dana Johnsons in Louisville, Lakeworth, Fla., Overland Park, Kan., Lincoln, Neb., Gibsonia, Pa., London, Ky., Marietta, Ga., Stamford, Conn., and Miramar, Fla. She also is accused of stealing the identity of four other people with different names, according to the indictment.

“A detective at another agency called me because he was working a case where the victim had her identity stolen and cards opened accounts in her name,” Bowling Green police Detective Jared Merriss said. “He asked me to make contact with the person living here. I researched the address and learned we had another open case (on Johnson). Another officer had been out there to question somebody, and we had our own open case for just about the same thing.

“Keep in mind that most of the victims had the same name as her,” Merriss said about Johnson. “The difference is the date of birth and social. She used the other’s people’s Social Security numbers to open the cards.”

Bowling Green police spokesman Officer Ronnie Ward said the department is unaware of how the Social Security numbers were obtained.

During a search of Johnson’s apartment, police found evidence to suggest “Jacqueline Brown had appeared to do the same thing” as Johnson, Merriss said. 

The two women lived within a block of each other, he said.

Merriss found a few lines of credit open in the name of Jacqueline Brown using different Social Security numbers, he said.

Johnson is in Warren County Regional Jail. Her bond is set at $25,000. As of Friday afternoon, Brown had not been lodged. When she is jailed, her bond will be $25,000.

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