TCSO: Two Louisiana women responsible for more than $500,000 in identity fraud charged with racketeering

TROUP COUNTY, Georgia (WRBL) – On Wednesday, the Troup County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests and charges of two Louisiana women.

On August 1, a Troup County grand jury indicted Deavian Andrews and Tynea Gray for conspiracy to commit racketeering, an offense that puts both of them at between 5 and 20 years in prison.

On April 7, Capt. Nathan Taylor performed a traffic stop on Interstate 85 near the mile marker 19 after noticing a window tint violation on a vehicle. After stopping the vehicle, Taylor observed signs of criminal activity and searched the vehicle.

During the search, Taylor uncovered various indications that Andrews and Gray may be involved in identity theft and the printing of checks to be cashed on accounts of unaware victims. Talyor also located numerous stolen COVID-19 vaccination cards, fake VIN stickers commonly used on stolen cars, and several debit and credit cards belonging to other people.

Troup County Sheriff’s Office investigator James Robson investigated the matter and discovered that Andrews and Gray had $22,400 in bogus money orders and $45,949.31 in suspected forged checks. Robson also uncovered evidence that the two were actively recruiting others into their criminal enterprise. The two women are also suspected of defrauding the US government over PPP loans and unemployment fraud.

Additionally, according to the sheriff’s department, at the time of Gray’s arrest, she was wanted by Louisiana authorities for related offenses and was later transferred to Louisiana. Currently, Gray is in federal custody on federal mail fraud and wire fraud charges. Andrews is being held in Troup County. The sheriff’s department estimates the suspects’ company is responsible for more than $500,000 in identity theft.

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