Couple charged in identity fraud case

by Wes Mayer

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A Newnan couple suspected of fraudulently obtaining and using four different credit card accounts throughout 2013 have been arrested by Coweta County authorities.

Investigators believe the two suspects, Joshua Christopher Bulcher, 26, and Arika Cammile Bulcher, 26, first obtained information about the four credit card accounts in January 2013, said Investigator Chad McDonald with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. All four accounts belonged to the same victim, whom the Bulchers knew.

The Bulchers are suspected of using the four accounts to purchase everything imaginable, McDonald said. This included grocery shopping, paying bills and taking a vacation in Florida.

According to McDonald, the victim only became aware of the identity theft last December. The Bulchers are suspected of accessing the same victim’s bank account for more than a year, and also wired money to pay off high balances. The victim saw the four wire transfers and notified authorities.

Investigators were able to follow the paper trail from the wire transfers and found the suspects’ identities and address on White Oak Road, McDonald said.

Joshua Bulcher was located and arrested in Newnan on Feb. 11, and Arika Bulcher turned herself in at the Coweta County Jail on Tuesday. Both were charged with seven counts of identity fraud — four counts for the wire transfers and three counts for three of the stolen credit card accounts.

Investigators are still waiting on one bank for the fourth account, McDonald said. The investigation is ongoing, and more charges are possible. The victim is not liable for the money lost from the identity theft, McDonald said, and the banks will be covering the liability. McDonald said he has not pinpointed an exact amount of money stolen, but he believes it to be several thousand dollars.



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