Woman faces multitude of identity theft charges
Published 10:01 am Thursday, October 11, 2018
By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor
COLUMBIANA – A 31-year-old Pell City woman is being held in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $70,000 after she was arrested and charged with several counts of identity theft and first-degree theft of property related to a Pelham business and Alabaster victim.
The Alabaster Police Department arrested Jennifer Lynn Massey, who lists an address on Rainbow Row in Pell City, on Oct. 4 and charged her with five counts of identity theft and two counts of first-degree theft of property. All of the charges are Class B felonies, meaning Massey could face up to 20 years in prison per count if she is convicted.
Massey’s charges came after she allegedly obtained an Alabaster victim’s online banking information and used it to withdraw money from ATMs, make payments on her vehicle and apply for loans.
According to her warrants, Massey allegedly made the following actions with the victim’s banking information between Jan. 1 and Sept. 10 of this year:
-Obtained two loans in the victim’s name for $350 apiece
-Obtained a $500 loan in the victim’s name
-Obtained a verification code from the victim’s online banking account she allegedly used to withdraw money from an ATM
-Made a $419.83 payment on her vehicle from the victim’s bank account.
Massey also allegedly stole $2,910 from the Alabaster victim and stole $4,065 from a Pelham company, leading to her pair of first-degree theft of property charges.
She is set to appear in Shelby County District Court on Oct. 25 for a preliminary hearing in front of Judge Daniel Crowson.