Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
Investigators break up a major identity theft and tax fraud ring. Lowndes County Deputies and the FBI searched two Valdosta homes Monday. They found stolen personal information from at least 1,500 people during a raid on Lausanne Street.
Officers charged Belinda Harris with three counts of felony identity fraud.
Lowndes County Sheriff's investigators say South Georgia is the second worst region in the country for committing tax fraud. Harris's neighbor Willie Martin says he's shocked it was happening in his neighborhood. "She didn't bother anybody, and she and I got along real well," he said.
Neighbors say this is a quiet neighborhood and they had no idea this was going on on their own street.
Aaron Casey was also charged for possession of marijuana. The lead investigator on the case, whose face we could not show, says the scammers were making up to $9,000 per fraudulent tax return.
"They would fill out a 10-40 online and submit that in the consumer victims name and either inflate the amount of money that was earned that year, fabricate a job that person had that year, and enter in completely made up information of a person's identity that they stole," said an investigator we could not name.
Investigators say the suspects paid unemployed people to use their information. But they also think scammers worked with people at businesses in the area to steal the personal information of unsuspecting victims.
Investigators believe the crooks have been doing this for the past two tax seasons.
Until the Secret Service finishes examining the Belinda Harris's computer, investigators will not know exactly how many people were affected.