On October 19th, 2022, a Fayette County jury convicted Anthony Clark, a 30-year-old male from Powder Springs, Georgia of Identity Fraud as a party to a crime. The case was tried by Assistant District Attorney Monique Harris. The Honorable Scott L. Ballard sentenced the defendant to 3 years to serve in prison.
In October of 2020, a Fayette County resident, reported to law enforcement that someone withdrew $4,726.45 from her bank account using one of her checks. The check was written out to Anthony Clark and deposited into Clark’s account. Her signature was also forged on the check. The victim stated she did not know Clark and did not authorize anyone to possess her checks or access her bank account. Clark was interviewed by law enforcement and admitted to needing money so he gave his friend’s cousin his debit card and pin number in order to transfer funds into his account. Clark stated after giving this person his information, he drove back to Austell, GA for work. He denied knowing about any fraudulent activity but later admitted that he was supposed to get $1500 for allowing this person to use his bank account for the transfer. Clark never revealed the name of his friend’s cousin and law enforcement was unable to identify any of the other parties involved. After sentencing, Clark apologized to the victim and admitted to making some bad choices.
The case was investigated by Detective Zaj of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.
District Attorney Marie Broder said: “crimes such as this affect so many citizens, and my office will not tolerate them. Thank you to ADA Harris and Detective Zaj of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office for all of their hard work.”