Jasper County resident arrested for identity theft in Smith County

Jasper County resident arrested for identity theft in Smith County

JASPER COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Jasper County resident is facing charges of identity theft in Smith County, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Kimberly Michele Gaines , 38, turned herself in to authorities at the Smith County Sheriff's Office Monday following indictment by a Smith County Grand Jury on one count of identity theft for allegedly stealing the personal identifying information of a patient for whom Gaines served as a caregiver. The indictment alleges that Gaines committed identity theft by obtaining the alleged victim's social security number to open a credit card without authorization.

The case is being investigated and prosecuted by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. As with all cases, the defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.