HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - Police said they have found two people who allegedly used fraudulent pay stubs and documents with other people's information to rent houses and put bills in other people's names, according to Henry County Police.
Kayla Edwards, 39, and Ronzlex Harris, 40, were taken into custody Friday off Interstate 75 along Windy Hill Road as investigators said they were packing to leave town following a FOX 5 News report just a day earlier.
They are also accused of using stolen checks to pay bills and put a down payment on a vehicle after a year-long investigation. Police said the two also used fraudulent social security numbers to obtain fraudulent accounts.
The alleged fraudulent activities of Harris and Edward are estimated to be over $100,000.
Edwards is charged with 49 counts of identity fraud, one count of forgery, two counts of exploitation of elderly, and one count of theft by receiving, according to police. Harris is charged with 44 counts of identity fraud, one count of forgery, two counts of exploitation of elderly, and one count of theft by receiving, according to police.
“The longer they’re out there, the more they’re going to do. Over the last 2 years, they already fraudulently taken or spent $100,000,” said Captain Mike Ireland said during Thursday night’s report on FOX 5 News.
Capt. Ireland said the couple duped at least 17 victims from California to the Midwest to Florida to right here in Georgia. He said they rented four different homes in Stockbridge over the years, including one on Haven Ridge Drive. Police said they found volumes of evidence of fraud and identity theft last summer. When deputies tried to serve warrants at the house Thursday, they learned the couple no longer lived there.
It is unknown at this time how the personal information for the seventeen victims was obtained by Harris and Edwards, according to police.
Edwards and Harris have been booked into the Henry County Jail.