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Hephzibah identity thief gets 10 years in prison



A Hephzibah-area woman who stole the identities of a dozen people and used them to obtain credit cards and cash to make lavish purchases was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday.

Santrece Willingham, 32, was under indictment for 26 counts of identity fraud and 10 counts of financial transac...

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  1. People like her and her mother are the reason one should place credit freezes on one’s credit records at the three main credit reporting agencies. It used to be a hassle, but a credit freeze can now be applied, removed, and reapplied online at no cost.

  2. I do not recall the defendants’ names , but within approximately the last twelve (12) months there was a news article about a bank employee in the Grovetown area who had used her employment at (I believe) more than one bank to commit identify theft in the approximate amount of One Million Three Hundred Thousand ($1,300,000.00) Dollars . According to the article , it was allegedly a gang related endeavor and three defendants were identified in that article .
    I have been looking for follow up information in the media , but if something further has been published —- I missed it . The banks at which the principal defendant was employed were not revealed in the article —- to the best of my remembrance.
    It was the principal topic of conversation in two (2) counties when the article was printed . I opine that I am not the only reader who would appreciate an update . I further opine that ALL readers of the Augusta Press have bank accounts and (1.) would like to know exactly how this alleged identity theft was committed (2.) what we as bank customers may need to do to protect ourselves if a bank employee is similarly inclined to misuse their position in the future , and (3.) what actions the banks have instituted since this identity theft came to light to insure that it can’t happen in the future.

    • The banking industry needs protocols to address these issues . If the taxpayer funds the FDIC then we deserve better transparency regarding internal theft from lending institutions. Hate to say it but further regulations are needed in the industry. I remember the news you speak of very well and agree it was swiftly swept under the rug. Can TAP look into this because the readers want to know which institution (s) was involved.

  3. BOTH are simply pieces of trash. They have tarnished the rest of their family’s name. Interesting that “Boob Jobs” were also one of the abuses that were committed with the Federal Debit Cards provided to “victims” of Hurricane Katrina. Pathetic Souls.

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