COVINGTON — The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in an attempt to identify victims of identity theft uncovered by the recent arrest of Desmeiyon Meadows, 24, of Covington.
Meadows was arrested and charged with five counts of theft by taking (felony), five counts of forgery 4th degree (felony), six counts of identity theft, and one count of financial card fraud.
These charges stemmed from Kroger loss prevention contacting Newton County Sheriff’s Office in late April to report that Meadows, a Kroger employee at their Salem Road store, was suspected of criminal activity. During the investigation, the investigator gained probable cause for the arrest of Meadows regarding the listed charges.
As part of the investigation, an audit was performed on Meadows’ previous transactions and it was discovered that she had allegedly been working with an unknown male accomplice(s). She was charged with those fraudulent transactions as well. The Newton County Sheriff’s Office also asks for assistance in identifying Meadows’ unknown male accomplice(s). The video shows at least one accomplice.
Upon Meadows’ arrest, her cellphone was confiscated and a search warrant was obtained to search the phone. When the phone was searched, there were pictures and/or videos of debit cards, checks, driver’s licenses and Social Security cards of more than 100 different individuals.
If you have conducted business at the Kroger at 3700 Salem Road in Covington in the past year and your personal information has been compromised or you believe it has been compromised, contact Investigator Clinton French at firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave your name so that it can be cross-referenced with the names located in the phone.