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Report: GSU student victim of fraud
Online debit transactions traced; man faces three charges
Kenton Lawrence Perkins

A man who reportedly used a debit card that wasn't his to make online purchases ended up behind bars after a Bulloch County Sheriff's investigation, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.

A Georgia Southern University student filed a report Saturday, claiming she lost her debit card and learned it had been used by a man later identified as Kenton Lawrence Perkins, 21, Fayetteville, to make online purchases, he said.

"Working with the bank which issued the card, and the online merchant where the purchase had been made, deputies obtained information leading to an apartment at University Village near GSU," he said.

Investigators set up a "controlled delivery of the fraudulently obtained merchandise" and then secured a search warrant for the apartment, he said. The items were recovered and Perkins was arrested.

He is charged with financial identity fraud, financial transaction fraud, and felony theft by receiving stolen property. He was taken to the Bulloch County Jail to await bond hearings, Anderson said.

All citizens should "safeguard their financial documents and monitor their billing statements for any unauthorized charges," he said." Unauthorized charges should be reported to law enforcement immediately."

Anderson also said he appreciate cooperation from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and GSU Police.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Bulloch County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Kearney at 764-8888. Calls will remain confidential, he said.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 912-489-9414.



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