Woman faces financial identity fraud, forgery charges

Woman faces financial identity fraud, forgery charges

HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) - A Poinsett County woman reportedly broke into a mini-storage facility and used information in the break-in to have a person's disability check sent to her home, Harrisburg police said Wednesday.

Tonya Easley was arrested after an investigation by police into the break-in at the mini-storage facility in Harrisburg, Police Chief Gary Hefner said.

The investigation was brief and authorities were reportedly able to tie Easley to the case.

"Information obtained from the mini-storage unit was used by Easley to commit financial identity fraud and Easley had somehow completed a transaction that caused the victim's SSI check to be sent to the Easley residence," Hefner said in a press release.

Police did a probation search at Easley's home and found several items that had been taken from the mini-storage facility, as well as documents with the victim's name on them, Hefner said.

Easley was arrested on suspicion of breaking or entering, theft of property, financial identity fraud, forgery, fraudulent use of a debit/credit card, theft of public benefits over $1,000, and possession of a Schedule VI less than four ounces.

A $50,000 cash/surety bond was set Wednesday for Easley, who will be arraigned June 22 in circuit court.

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