Due to the lapse in appropriations, Department of Justice websites will not be regularly updated. The Department’s essential law enforcement and national security functions will continue. Please refer to the Department of Justice’s contingency plan for more information.

You are here

Justice News

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

Monday, April 8, 2013

Former Bank Teller Pleads Guilty To Aggravated Identity Theft

Jackson, Miss. -- Kelly Taplin, 31, of Byram, Mississippi, pled guilty in federal court today to aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen announced. She will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate on July 11, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. and faces a mandatory penalty of two years in prison and a maximum possible fine of $250,000.

Taplin admitted that, while working as a teller at Trustmark National Bank in Byram, she used the name, social security number, and date of birth of a Trustmark customer to obtain a $2,550 loan in that customer’s name without the customer’s knowledge or consent. She then used the loan proceeds for her personal benefit.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst.

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud from a person or an organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of storm victims, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud toll free at:

(866) 720-5721

You can also fax information to:

(225) 334-4707

or e-mail it to:


Making sure that victims of federal crimes are treated with compassion, fairness and respect.

Training and seminars for Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.

Help us combat the proliferation of sexual exploitation crimes against children.

Updated January 7, 2015