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FL woman caught stealing Echols Co. residents' identities

ECHOLS CO., GA (WALB) -

More charges are being filed against a Florida woman arrested for identity theft in south Georgia.

We know more about the odd scheme Echols County investigators say she used to steal people's identities and run up thousands of dollars of purchases in their names. WALB News 10's Lydia Jennings takes us to the community that became the center of the investigation.

24-year-old Ashley Humphrey is accused of stealing more then $20,000 in the past three months from people in Echols County. Investigators say she was having mail and packages sent to addresses in a mobile home park.

"The tenets had been receiving mail in other people's name and someone had been coming to pick up the mail and it was strange, it didn't look right to them," said Sheriff Randy Courson.

Tuesday afternoon an Echols County Sheriff's detective was investigating the complaints at the mobile home park. And as chance would have it, Humphrey was there picking up a package.

On Tuesday she picked up $900 worth of iPhones.

The detective pulled her over and found multiple credit cards and billing statements in other peoples names in her car. They say she was signing up for credit cards in their names and had her purchases delivered to the homes.

"My dad did see a woman checking our mailboxes. She was looking through all of them and getting mail and as soon as she saw him she ran off," said resident Dinorah Rodriguez.

Humphrey was traveling from Jasper, Florida to pick up the mail. Rodriguez says she thinks their community was a target because it's right off Highway 129 and the mailboxes are all connected.

"Of all the people she's been manipulating and taking their identities, making their credit scores just go down the drain, its just not right, its not fair for anyone," said Rodriguez.

Humphrey also faces multiple counts of identity fraud charges in Lowndes County and Hamilton County, Suwannee County, Florida. Echols investigators say they don't think she was working alone. More arrests may be coming.

In Echols County, Humphrey is charged with three counts of identity fraud and one of attempting and conspiring to commit identity theft.

They're all felonies, and investigators plan to file more charges. She's booked in the Lowndes County jail.

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