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Surgery via stolen ID?


A Dougherty County man is wanted and his girlfriend is in jail in a strange identity theft case.   County Police say they stole a woman's identity and billed her insurance $30,000 for emergency surgery the girlfriend needed.        

Dougherty County Police say they see identity theft victims almost daily, but this case is unusual and shows how far identity thieves will go.         

Investigators say this surveillance video from the Moultrie Walmart in February shows Renita McLendon stealing that truck. A few days later McLendon was fighting with her boyfriend, Charles Parrish, in that truck driving in the alley in the 400 block of Flint Avenue when investigators say she tried to jump out of the moving truck. 

Dougherty County Police Lt. Chad Kirkpatrick said, "He tried to pull her back into the vehicle and he drug her down the alley. When he let go of her, he ran over her arm. Which of course broke it, in several places."

Police say Parrish drove McLendon to Phoebe's emergency room, where she used a stolen driver's license to claim she was Ester Davis. 

Davis found out her identity had been stolen when she was notified of the $30,000  surgery bill filed to her insurance. After her surgery, McLendon was arrested for a probation violation.

Kirkpatrick said, "When it was time for her to go to her Doctor's appointment she had to notify the jail staff. And told them the Doctor's appointment is under a different name.  So that's how this came to light."

McLendon confessed and was charged with identity fraud, forgery and theft. Now, Police have warrants charging Parrish with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and theft.

Investigators say if you lose your driver's license, you need to report it. Kirkpatrick said "They think there is nothing that can be done. A lot of times there is something that can be done." Police say you need to do everything possible to guard your identity, because crooks are ready to steal it.       

Investigators say McLendon claims she found Davis' drivers license in the road.    If you know where Charles Parrish is, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS. You could earn a reward.


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