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Atlanta police become victims of identity theft

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Atlanta police arrested two women and charged them with identity theft for allegedly posing as insurance agents and obtaining personal information from police officers.

During a news conference Monday, police said Dawnetta Underwood, 23, and Cintia Pedone-Allou, 30, visited the city's six precincts and advised officers that the city was changing its insurance options. 

The suspects offered AFLAC disability insurance, life insurance and health insurance supplements.

"That's pretty bold," said Sgt. Paul Cooper of the fraud unit, who said the women were arrested before any serious financial damage was done.

Thirty-nine police department employees gave the two vital personal identification information about themselves, their spouses and their children.

"I don't think the officers have anything to be embarrassed about," said Cooper.  "The manner that they presented themselves and the fact they were allowed to stand up in front of the roll call would lead the average officer to believe that everything was vetted beforehand."

Cooper said the women would ask for the watch commander by name when they arrived at the precinct and appeared legitimate.

A sergeant at the Zone 1 precinct began to question the women then eventually ejected them from the premises. 

The pair eventually turned themselves in to police.  They are in the Fulton County Jail facing multiple counts of identity theft and racketeering.

Atlanta police said Underwood and Pedone-Allou also visited MARTA police precincts and several fire stations.

"We're officers by day but we're still human beings," said Cooper.  "We're subject to being taken just like anybody else could be."

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