Man Arrested in Valdosta Trying to Sell Identity Information of 1,100 People

By: Lowndes County Sheriff's Office; Winnie Wright Email
By: Lowndes County Sheriff's Office; Winnie Wright Email

Winnie Wright
June 26, 2014

Valdosta, GA - On Wednesday night, authorities say undercover agents met Statesboro Resident, Jai Lee, at a restaurant on North Ashley Street. VO CONT: There, he sold them the personal identity information of around 1,100 unknowing victims.

"This is one case where one arrest has potentially identified 1,100 victims. That's very unusual to find that kind of reach on a case", says Lt. Stryde Jones, with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.

Jones says that while Lee was from Statesboro, the victims are mostly from out-of-state.

"These are 1,100 lives that were going to be ruined, at least for a short period of time, and at bare minimum, an inconvenience to try to get their credit history straightened out", he says.

Local residents say this arrest makes them worry that their personal information could be being sold in another state.

"I'm constantly buying stuff online and putting my credit card in places, so yea, it's scary", says Valdosta resident, Tabatha McGee.

"I king of want to be a little more mindful of where my information goes, and where I put it at", says Valdosta resident, Leslie Ingram.

Jai Lee has been charged with multiple counts of identity theft. Jones says his office is working with the Secret Service to find out where the information was initially compromised.

Lee was brought here, to the Lowndes County Jail last night, and appeared before a Magistrate Court today. No word yet on whether or not he received bond.



News Release: Lowndes County Sheriff's Office
June 26, 2014

VALDOSTA, Ga -- Wednesday afternoon, investigators from the Special Operations Division and the Criminal Investigation Division along with agents from the United States Secret Service arrested Jai Lee following an undercover operation.

Lee had been communicating with agents and agreed to sell the identification information of unknowing victims. As agreed upon, Lee delivered the package which was intercepted by investigators and examined. The package contained the personal identification information of approximately 1,100 different people.

Jai Lee was taken to the Lowndes County Jail and booked on multiple counts of identity theft. He will appear in the Magistrate Court this afternoon where a bond will be considered.

Sheriff Prine stated that Sheriff’s Office investigators and Secret Service agents will be continuing working to contact the victims and identify the source where the information was initially compromised.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at {229} 671-2950 or anonymous tips can be provided at {229} 671-2985 or on line at www.lowndessheriff.com.


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