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.”
After an investigation by the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, Statesboro police and the U.S. Secret Service, Bragg was linked to an identity theft and fraud case in which her daughter, Brandy Marie Barbee, 34, of Waverly Lane in Statesboro, was arrested in February on numerous counts of financial identity fraud, one count of negotiating fraudulent checks, one felony count of theft by receiving stolen property and a Superior Court probation violation.
Barbee’s arrest followed an investigation of several burglaries in which checks and other items were stolen. Barbee reportedly had “a complete setup for the manufacturing of fictitious checks” at her home, and investigators catalogued 553 checks with 40 different names and 113 different routing numbers, Anderson said.
Barbee was found in a motel in Nashville, Tenn., when she was arrested in February. Evidence showed she used stolen checks and fictitious checks made using stolen identities to make purchases in several places, including Walmart in Pooler, Anderson said.
Bragg was apparently involved in the crimes, having possession of fictitious drivers’ licenses and checks, he said. Bragg is charged with financial identity fraud, negotiating fictitious checks, possession of false ID documents and forgery. Several additional federal charges also are pending, Anderson said.
Statesboro police Detective James Winskey said that because the crimes were identical and the suspects are related, the cases appear to be linked. That determination will be made after the review by federal agents, he said.
Bulloch County Jail records show that William Frederick Barbee, 63, of Halcyondale Road in Sylvania, who is Sisson and Brandy Barbee’s father, also arrested Monday on outstanding warrants from Emanuel County.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Detective Ben Purvis at the Statesboro Police Department (912) 764-9911.
Holli Deal Bragg maybe reached at (912) 489-9414.