Former Hinesville resident indicted on federal charges

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A woman, formerly of Hinesville, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of mail fraud and identity theft for stealing thousands of dollars from Liberty County retailers, where she passed fraudulent checks, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia.

Between March and September 2008, Jacqueline Denise Brown, 44, got the names and personal information and bank accounts of two people and then ordered checks in their names and had them delivered to various locations, including Atlanta and Hinesville, according to the indictment.

Brown is accused of taking the checks and making herself out to be the account holder, using fake driver's licenses and other false identification documents.

Brown was indicted on one count of mail fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. She was also indicted on one count of aggravated identity theft, which requires a two-year consecutive prison sentence in addition to any other sentence imposed.

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