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2 arrested for identity theft

2 arrested for identity theft

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Cartersville Police have arrested two people suspected of being involved in several identity thefts.

The pair was arrested Wednesday after police performed a probation search on an apartment on Joe Frank Harris Parkway.

Inside the unit, investigators found credit and debit cards, blank IRS tax forms, credit card applications and a notebook filled with hundreds of names, addresses and Social Security numbers.

An initial investigation led police to believe the two suspects -- 54-year-old Thomas Bruce Henley and 34-year-old Mary Theresa Merritt -- were trying to steal inmates' identities. Cartersville Police spokesman Lt. Mark Camp said officers were performing a probation search on Merritt when they found the evidence.

Henley and Merritt were charged with theft by receiving stolen property. Camp said more charges are likely as the investigation continues.

Woman charged with 128 counts of forgery

Woman charged with 128 counts of forgery

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- An Emerson woman was charged Tuesday with more than 100 counts of forgery after stealing from the law firm where she worked.

Cartersville Police spokesman Lt. Mark Camp said 35-year-old Nicole Abernathy took nearly $45,000 from Law Premises LLC in the Vinings area from February 2010 to November 2011.

Abernathy reportedly took the money and deposited it into her personal account at a Cartersville bank.

Camp said Abernathy faces 128 charges of forgery. She is being held in the Bartow County Jail, where she is awaiting a bond hearing.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.