2 women charged with identity theft against police personnel

3:29 PM, Aug 13, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police said members of the Police Fraud Unit arrested two women last Friday, that they said had visited several precincts and obtained personal information from employees.

They said the two women -- Cintia Ximena Pedone and Dawnetta Patrice Underwood -- had visited several Atlanta Police precincts, mini-precincts, fire stations and MARTA police substations representing themselves as personnel from AFLAC. The two claimed the city was changing insurance options and solicited a number of city employees to fill out an information packet, which included vital information on the employees and their families.

Police said a lieutenant at Zone 1 became suspicious with their activity and questions, eventually tossing them out of his precinct before contacting the personnel unit supervisor regarding the representation from AFLAC for the city.

After multiple inconsistencies were noted, the major fraud squad and Homeland Security were contacted. The women were reached by cell phone, and they said she agreed to turn over the documents they had collected to authorities.

During the interviews, police said the women gave conflicting and inconsistent answers for their actions. The District Attorney's office made the decision at that point to charge the women in the incident with multiple counts of identity theft and racketeering.

Police said that at this point, 39 packets have been recovered.

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