By Eames Yates
April 4, 2013
Echols County, GA -
The origin of mysterious packages was discovered in Echols County on Tuesday. Echols County resident Dinorah Rodriguez said "we've had several mail come to our house with different names and obviously they don't live here."
The Echols County sheriff's office says they belonged to Ashley Renea Humphrey of Jasper. They've charged her with multiple counts of felony identity fraud. she's accused of taking peoples credit information and using it to buy merchandise that she would have shipped to these houses. A sheriff's investigator was following up on a call when he got lucky.
Echols County Sheriff Randy Courson said "the person had come there to pick up a package that had been sent to the address while the investigator was on the scene. He was able to go and conduct a traffic stop."
Two iPhones came from the most recent package that Humphrey's was picking up on Tuesday. They sell for about five hundred dollars a pop. Investigators say they found more than a dozen identities in her car.
Echols County Sheriff's Investigator Will Neel said "upon making contact with her she was very nervous. Her hands were shaking and when I asked her what her name was she acted like she didn't know at first."
The sheriff's office says more than $20,000 dollars worth of merchandise was shipped to the addresses. Humphrey's been tied to similar crimes in Hamilton County, and Valdosta. She is currently being held at the Lowndes County Jail.
On Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at approximately 3:30 P.M. Sheriff Courson received a complaint from a concerned citizen in reference to a case involving possible identity fraud. The citizen stated there had been mail sent to some of their rental properties under names other than the tenants that lived there. Sheriff Courson dispatched Investigator Will Neel to the scene to start an investigation.
As Investigator Neel was taking down information a call came in to the landlord from one of the tenants stating that a person was there attempting to pick up the mail. Investigator Neel observed a 2000 model blue Nissan Maxima leaving the tenants residence. Investigator Neel conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Ashley Renea Humphrey, 24, of Jasper, FL.
After speaking with Humphrey, Investigator Neel received consent to search the vehicle. Investigator Neel discovered several credit cards and billing statements belonging to different individuals. Evidence collected from the vehicle tied Humphrey to multiple felony cases being worked by several agencies to include the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Valdosta Police Department, and Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office as well as other surrounding agencies involving identity fraud and other charges.
Humphrey was taken into custody and initially charged with three counts of felony identity fraud and one felony count of attempting and conspiring to commit identity theft. Other charges and arrests are pending the outcome of the investigation. Humphrey also faces multiple counts of felony identity fraud charges in Hamilton County, FL, Suwannee County, FL, Lowndes County, and Valdosta.