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Bainbridge woman arrested for defrauding more than $63K from Havana furniture store, FDLE says

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Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 1:23 PM EDT
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HAVANA, Fla. (WCTV) - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it arrested a 39-year-old woman from Bainbridge, Georgia, for using the personal information of prisoners and a dead person to steal more than $63,000 worth of merchandise from a furniture store in Havana.

Agents arrested Shendora Vonta Adams on a single count of an organized scheme to defraud, which is a first-degree felony, on Thursday, June 3.

According to the press release, FDLE began its investigation in July 2018, when the Havana Police Department asked for help on the theft case at the furniture store. A manager at the store told investigators when he reviewed Adams’ employee activity, he found several accounts with false address information, no phone numbers, no identification information copied for the file, no paper file created and no client signatures being obtained.

All of the accounts, save for one, were created by Adams using her unique employee personal ID number, FDLE says. The one fraudulent account was created using a separate employee ID number, but that person stopped working at the furniture store months before it was created.

Agents say it seems multiple accounts were made using the personal information of prisoners in the Georgia Department of Corrections, a dead person and associates of Adams.

“This type of fraud is a pervasive crime, victimizing individuals whose identity is compromised and the businesses that experience loss,” said Tallahassee Region Special Agent in Charge Mark Perez. “I’m pleased by the dedication and hard work of our agents and the Havana Police Department in solving this case.”

FDLE says the investigation shows that between Nov. 2017 and March 2018, Adams used people’s identities without their permission to steal a total of $63,449.85 in merchandise from the store.

She was booked into the Gadsden County Jail.

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