Crisp fraud suspects caught in Chattanooga
Duo finds the long arm of the law can extend past Georgia's state line
CORDELE, GA – A pair of suspects from Columbus, Georgia who are facing identity and credit card fraud charges locally, are being held in Chattanooga, Tennessee after their Tuesday arrest in the Scenic City.
Crisp County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Haley Little says Maurion Jones, a 22-year-old male, and Montreo Jones, a 28-year-old male from Columbus, Georgia, have pending charges in Tennessee.
Locally, both are charged with Financial Identify Fraud and Financial Transaction Card Fraud.
On June 13, 2022, a deputy responded to Phillips Appliance about a suspicious person. The deputy was told a male requested to pay over the phone for multiple appliances; after being advised he could not, the male emailed a picture of a fraudulent Georgia driver’s license and credit card.
Later another male came to the store in an attempt to pick up the appliances; he claimed he was the nephew of the initial caller. Investigators obtained footage of the truck and license plate from Phillip’s Appliance and determined that the truck was rented with a fake license.
Investigators ultimately tracked the vehicle to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Maurion Jones and Montreo Jones were taken into custody by the Chattanooga Police Department.
Crisp County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate this incident to determine if other fraudulent activity occurred.
“I would like to thank Chattanooga Police Department for working with us and apprehending these two subjects,” stated Sheriff Billy Hancock.