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Local woman charged with identity theft
Authorities apprehend suspect in Nashville, Tenn.
Brandy Marie Barbee
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.
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