An independent contractor working as a newspaper deliverer for The Anniston Star has been charged in an identity theft case, officials said Thursday.
Kimberly Marion Devoe, 47, of Piedmont, was charged with identity theft after she allegedly stole mail from customers while she was dropping off newspapers and used information from that mail to open a bank account, Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade said by phone Thursday.
“On Oct. 12, 2016, an individual received an email from Wells Fargo indicating they had opened a new account with the bank,” Wade said. “The victim had not opened any new account, but she checked with the bank to discover all of her personal information had been used.”
Wade said the victim, who lived in the Pleasant Valley area, made a report to the Sheriff’s Office.
“The investigators worked the case and discovered Kimberly Marion Devoe was stealing mail out of mailboxes while working as an independent contractor delivering newspapers for The Anniston Star,” Wade said.
Investigators executed a search warrant at Devoe’s home Wednesday morning and she was arrested for questioning around 2:30 p.m., Wade said. At her home, Wade said, investigators found mail from 35 different individuals.
“At the moment she has the identity theft charge but there will be two charges of fraudulent use of a credit card for some stolen cards we found,” he said.
Kristen Nikkole Devoe, 21, of Piedmont and Josey Lee Fuller, 21, were also arrested at the home and charged with giving false information to law enforcement, Wade said. Both Kristen Devoe’s and Fuller’s bonds were set at $1,000 with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 6, Wade said.
Kimberly Devoe’s bond had not been set Thursday, Wade said.
Donnie Bowman, The Star’s circulation manager, said Wednesday that Kimberly Devoe ran two routes in the Jacksonville and Piedmont areas.
“In my 21 years here managing the independent contractors who deliver our papers, I’ve never seen specifically this happen,” Bowman said. “I’m sorry it was our contractor doing it.”
Bowman said he emailed Devoe on Wednesday afternoon to terminate her contract with The Star.
“With the allegation against her, we can’t put her back out there,” he said.