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Police make ID fraud arrest
Case could be linked to others
Heather Elaine Barbee Sisson
A woman charged with passing a fake check at Walmart might be connected to a case going back to January, authorities said.Federal agents are reviewing the identity fraud case being investigated by Statesboro police.On Saturday, police arrested Heather Elaine Barbee Sisson, 32, of Halcyondale Road in Sylvania, after she attempted to pass a fictitious check at the Statesboro Walmart around 6:45 p.m., Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said.Officer Patrick Webb and Detective Ben Purvis investigated, and Sisson was charged with execution of a fictitious check and identity fraud.“During a search of Sisson’s vehicle, Detective Purvis recovered over 1,300 fictitious checks and 99 fraudulent identification cards in nine different names,” Turner said. “All of the fraudulent identification cards had a photograph of Sisson on them. Other items of evidence were also recovered from the vehicle that suggests that Sisson has been traveling the southeastern part of Georgia and South Carolina passing these fictitious checks at multiple businesses.”While the investigation is incomplete and federal agents will review the case today, Sisson’s arrest might be linked to those of her mother, Bernadine Bragg, and sister, Brandy Marie Barbee.Bragg, 54, also of Halcyondale Road in Sylvania, was arrested Monday by agents from the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at a Swainsboro motel, Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said.Deputy Rey Rodriguez pulled Bragg over in May during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 301 South and found “what appeared to be fictitious Georgia driver’s licenses and checks.”
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