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WEST MEMPHIS SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION EMPLOYEE ARRESTED ON FEDERAL COMPLAINT

July 20, 2011

Little Rock - Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced that Leeanna Brooke Morgan, age 30, of West Memphis, was arrested today on a Complaint charging her with knowingly transferring, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person with the intent to commit or to aid and abet or in connection with any unlawful activity that constitutes a violation of federal law, or that constitutes a felony under any applicable state or local law and such transfer was in or affecting interstate commerce.

Morgan works as a service representative at the West Memphis Office of the Social Security Administration. The complaint alleges that Morgan accessed the Social Security database to obtain personal identifying information which she passed on to another person.

Morgan appeared before the Honorable J. Thomas Ray this afternoon for an initial appearance. She was released on her own recognizance. The case will be presented to the next grand jury for indictment.

"Government employees with access to personal identification information have a duty to the citizens of this Country to protect that information," stated Thyer. "Identity theft is a serious crime. Along with our law enforcement partners, we will thoroughly investigate and prosecute those who engage in misuse of personal identifying information."

A complaint contains only allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This investigation was conducted by the Social Security Administration - Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jana Harris is prosecuting the case for the United States.

For more info on identity theft see: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/.

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