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Police say Atoka resident could be tied to ID theft in 8 states

By Justin Hanson - bio | email

ATOKA, TN (WMC-TV) - Police in Atoka, Tennessee may have cracked a case of ID theft in as many as eight states, including Tennessee.

Officers are continuing to unravel details about this suspect whose targets are deceased.

Police said Heather Grady is one of the biggest con-artists they have ever seen.

"She'll take over existing accounts, increase the limit, order merchandise, and have it sent," said Atoka Police Investigator Chris Ellwood.

Police still have thousands of documents to go through, tying Grady to dozens of identity theft cases involving residents, some who are dead.

"Who thinks about talking to JC Penney and Sears that a loved one has passed away and you need to close your account?" Ellwood asked.

Grady faces seven counts of ID theft and fraud just in Tipton County.  It does not stop there.

Atoka police have found that she is also tied to similar cases in eight other states. 

"My credit is ruined for the rest of my life," said ID theft victim James Clegg.  "I'm 60 years old and I will never have credit again."

Clegg's wife recently started a blog about their ID theft experience.  He said Heather Grady charged over $1 million on credit in his name.

"TV's, books, furniture, cameras, all sorts of merchandise," Ellwood added.

Police are still working to try and figure out how Grady is stealing these identities.  They have also discovered she is using several aliases and could be tied to similar fraud cases with state governments.

Grady is set to face a judge in Tipton County on April 1.  Atoka Police are working with other agencies to help solve this case.

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