MPD: deputy jailer's identity stolen after her death - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MPD: deputy jailer's identity stolen after her death

(WMC-TV) - Shelby County deputy jailer Tonya Young died of cancer last year at age 45.

"She was the best there was," said her older sister Linda Mason.  "Ain't nobody like her," she added.

Mason describes the events following Young's death as "a mess." That's when police say Young's live-in girlfriend, Angela Nelson, withdrew more than $4000 from Young's bank account.

"After it was frozen," said Mason.

Police say Nelson used Young's driver's license and forged her name in order to get the cash during two trips to a First Tennessee Bank branch in Frayser.

Mason first noticed the discrepancies.

"I don't understand why she would do what she did," said Mason.

Nelson was finally arrested this past Sunday four months after a warrant was issued.

Official charges include forgery and identity theft.

Mason doesn't know what she'd say to Nelson if given the chance.

"Honestly, some words that nobody would want to hear," said Mason.

Mason is now living in her sister's home with Young's three boys where they recently recognized the one year anniversary of her sister's death without Angela Nelson.  Mason says she is no longer welcome.

"Never," said Mason.  "She can't come back here."

Angela Nelson is being held on a $5000 bond.

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