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Lowndes investigators, Secret Service make identity theft bust

Jai Lee Jai Lee
Investigators met and arrested Lee at 1600 N. Ashley Street in Valdosta Investigators met and arrested Lee at 1600 N. Ashley Street in Valdosta
Stryde Jones Stryde Jones

A Statesboro, Georgia, man is behind bars in Lowndes County after being arrested Wednesday afternoon as the result of an undercover investigation involving the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and the United States Secret Service.

Jai Lee was arrested for attempting to sell identification information of more than 1,100 people. An undercover officer met Lee at 1600 North Ashley Street in Valdosta and arrested him after Lee attempted to sell the information to him.

Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Stryde Jones said that their first priority now is notifying all of the victims. "As you can imagine, it's a pretty large task," Jones said. "We've got over 1,100 victims we believe. But, we are looking to see where the information came from [and] how Mr. Lee came to be in possession of it."

More arrests could be made, pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Lowndes Co. Sheriff's Office released this statement:

Wednesday afternoon, around 4:00 investigators from the Special Operations Division and the Criminal Investigation Division and agents from the United States Secret Service arrested Jai Lee following an undercover operation.

Lee had been communicating with agents and agreed to sell  the identification information of unknowing victims. As agreed upon, Lee delivered the package which was intercepted by investigators and examined. The package contained the personal identification information of approximately 1,100 different people.

Jai Lee was taken to the Lowndes County Jail and booked on multiple counts of identity theft. He will appear in the Magistrate Court this afternoon where a bond will be considered. 

Sheriff Prine stated that Sheriff's Office investigators and Secret Service agents will be continuing working to contact the victims and identify the source where the information was initially compromised.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office at (229) 671-2950 or anonymous tips can be provided at {229} 671-2985 or on line at www.lowndessheriff.com.

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