Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Federal grand jury indicts Joplin woman on identity theft charges

A federal grand jury indictment charging a Joplin woman with trafficking in stolen identities was unsealed today in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

The government alleges Larissa Ann Brady, 32, stole items, including checks, credit cards, Social Security cards and personal idenitfication cards from mailboxes belonging to 36 people.

Brady also faces Jasper County charges for trafficking in stolen identities, tampering with a motor vehicle, and forgery. These have been put on hold due to the federal government's interest in Brady, according to online Jasper County Circuit Court records.

(From the U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri)

Two Joplin, Mo., residents were indicted by a federal grand jury today, in separate but related cases, of possessing stolen mail and passing a forged check.

Larissa A. Brady, 32, and her boyfriend, Sheldon Michael Hunt, 32, both of Joplin, were charged in separate indictments returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo.

Today’s indictments allege that both Hunt and Brady possessed 66 different pieces of stolen mail containing checks, credit cards, Social Security cards and personal identification cards that had been taken from the mail boxes of 36 different individuals between March 1 and June 8, 2015.

Brady is also charged with passing a forged check at the Wal-Mart store in Joplin on June 8, 2015. Hunt is charged with aiding and abetting her in that criminal activity.

Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Carney. They were investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Joplin, Mo., Police Department.

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