Tifton Gazette


December 13, 2013

Tifton pair charged with identity theft


 Michael J. Moore, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced today that Jatin Patel, 42, and Donna Evans Moore, also known as Donna Evans Furguson, 38, both of Tifton, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Macon Dec. 10 for conspiracy to possess stolen U.S. Treasury checks, passing forged securities and embezzling public monies.

The pair have also been charged with embezzling government property and aggravated identity theft. Patel and Moore were arrested and charged Dec. 11, and arraigned in court in Albany on that day. 

If convicted, they each face up to five years and a $250,000 fine on the embezzling public monies charge, up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the embezzling of government property charge, and two years and an additional $250,000 fine on any other penalty.

"The U.S. Secret Service, along with its local law enforcement partners, will continue to vigorously investigate the negotiation of U.S. Treasury checks generated from identity theft," said Atlanta SAIC Reginald Moore. 

The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Tift County Sheriff's Office. 

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