ATLANTA — An Atlanta couple have been arrested and charged with committing identity theft by stealing driver’s license information to obtain credit cards.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced the arrest of Lamarion Deandre Weems, 35, and Destiny Weems, 29, both of Atlanta, on charges of identity theft and misrepresentation in an application for an ID. . The GBI said the program began in September 2019.
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According to the GBI, the couple used personal information to obtain the Georgian driver’s licenses of 44 people and used those IDs to obtain credit cards in other people’s names. The GBI said the couple used personal information to access online Georgia driver’s license accounts and sent altered licenses to an address where suspects could retrieve the credentials.
The GBI said victims of the fraud scheme were informed and were being helped to protect their identities and repair any damage to their credit.
The Weems face charges in Fulton and Rockdale counties. The investigation was conducted by the GBI Cyber Crime Center and the Georgia Department of Driver Services.
The GBI encourages all Georgians to protect their personal information by monitoring their Georgian driver’s license online account.
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The Georgia Division of Consumer Protection website offers advice on what to do if you are a victim of identity theft:
- Act immediately and responsibly.
- Place an initial fraud alert on your credit file.
- Ask for your credit reports.
- Create an impersonation report.
- Review your credit reports.
- Alert individual businesses.
- Contact your bank.
- Alert the issuers of your different IDs.
- Obtain copies of all documents used by the identity thief.
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