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Two Mississippi Department Of Public Safety Employees Arrested On Federal Identity Theft Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Miss - Two employees of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety were arrested and arraigned today on a federal indictment for identity theft and conspiracy to commit identity theft, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Raymond Parmer, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations.

Yolanda Jean Perkins, 48, of Laurel and Deborah Payton Stewart, 55, of Waynesboro, have been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit identity theft and one count of identity theft. They each face a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and $250,000 fine.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations. It is prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Annette Williams.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, that charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in Court.

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Updated January 7, 2015