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Sheriff announces ID theft probe

(L to R) Lt. Julie Wood, Lt. Kenneth Jordan, and Capt. Craig Dodd of the Sheriff's Office (L to R) Lt. Julie Wood, Lt. Kenneth Jordan, and Capt. Craig Dodd of the Sheriff's Office
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

 

An Albany man, who the state thinks is mentally disabled, is charged as a major player in an identity theft and credit card fraud scheme.

Dougherty County Investigators know about dozens of victims and believe there are many more.

Dougherty County Sheriff's Investigators are offering a reward for information about this identity theft ring, which they believe has a number of more people working in it.

Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Investigators say 26 year old Kevin Jackson gets monthly payments from the state because of mental issues, but they think it's an act. They say he was a vital part of a identity theft and credit card fraud operation that has stolen tens of thousands of dollars.

Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Captain Craig Dodd said "He tries to play off that he is unstable, but he is extremely stable."

Jackson was arrested earlier this month, after investigators found that 17 American Express credit cards had been issued to different names at his same Gowan Avenue address, and one more was on its way to him.

 Dodd said "During the search warrant we served approximately 98 pieces of evidence, all involving identity theft, identity fraud, and credit card theft."

Investigators say Jackson stole mail and used disposable cell phones to call people, claiming to be from Water Gas and Light, Mediacom, or A.T.&T., saying the victim owed money and would lose service if they did not give their financial information immediately.

Dodd said "He pretty much was skimming for information any way he could get it. And he was pretty ingenious."

Investigators say Jackson paid cash for luxury items like his Cadillac, which had thousands of dollars in cash inside when searched.

Investigators say they know about 30 victims, and tens of thousands of dollars stolen.....but they believe there are many more victims. If you think you could be one, contact the Sheriff's Office at 431-3222.

If you've got information about the ring, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS  or the Sheriff's Office. Kevin Jackson is being held in the Dougherty County jail.

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