Bulloch County Sheriff’s investigators found extensive evidence at a Waverly Lane home last month to issue warrants for a Statesboro woman on identity theft charges.
Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said Brandy Marie Barbee, 34, Waverly Lane, was apprehended earlier this week at a Nashville, Tenn. motel, where she fled into hiding after investigators discovered “a complete setup for the manufacturing of fictitious checks,” at her home.
“Once cataloged, 553 checks with 40 different names and 113 different routing numbers were recovered,” he said.
Investigators caught wind of Barbee’s activities in December after a Parrish Road home was burglarized. Personal checks were among the items stolen, and the victims later told investigators their checks had been used to buy items in Effingham and Chatham counties.
Video surveillance from the Pooler Walmart, where some of the purchases were made, showed Barbee using the checks to buy a variety of items, Anderson said.
Still shots from the video were distributed among the media, and soon citizen tips came “flooding in,” he said. “Investigators were able to determine that Barbee had an extensive, multi-state criminal history of financial crimes.”
Citizen tips also gave investigators a local address. When they executed the search warrant and found evidence against Barbee, including items linking her to the Pooler Walmart purchases, they also located a truck at the home that was stolen from Waynesboro, he said.
Barbee’s boyfriend, Tito Jermaine Scott, 34, Waverly Lane, was arrested at the time, and taken to the Bulloch County Jail, he said.
The United States Marshal’s Service helped locate Barbee, Anderson said. “Multiple agencies were involved in this identity theft case.” Sheriff’s deputies worked with Statesboro Police detectives in issuing warrants for her arrest in crimes taking place in the city, and she is a “person of interest” in other counties including Chatham County, he said.
“The case is also under review by special agents of the United States Secret Service to determine whether federal prosecution is appropriate.”
Barbee was extradited from Tennessee to the Bulloch County Jail on charges of 41 counts of financial identity fraud, one count of negotiating fraudulent checks, one count felony theft by receiving stolen property, and Superior Court probation violation.
Scott was charged with financial identity fraud, negotiating fraudulent checks, and felony theft by receiving stolen property.
Anderson said he appreciates cooperation from other law enforcement agencies as well as tips from citizens. Without the help from the public, the case
would likely have taken much longer to solve,” he said.
Tips can me submitted anonymously online to “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.