Kingsland, GA- What began as a simple traffic infraction landed a brother and sister in jail on fraud charges. According to a police report obtained from Kingsland Georgia’s Police Department, David and Markesha Blakely were speeding on the interstate, going 91 MPH in a 60 MPH zone. When they were pulled over,the police officer stumbled on a fraud scheme. The arresting officer discovered $7,000 in cash, several Visa credit cards, other bank cards and financial documents belonging to victims from as far as Arizona.
The two suspects are from Tampa, FL.
David Blakely was placed in handcuffs after the officer walked up and smelled marijuana and saw a bag of marijuana in plain view. Approximately 15 grams of marijuana was discovered.
After the brother and sister duo were arrested, David admitted to the officer that he was unemployed and used the list of social security numbers and names to file fraudulent unemployment claims in the victims’ names.
According to the arresting officer, the duo begged for forgiveness and asked the officer to turn a blind eye and let them go. They were still arrested.
David Blakely is charged with 14 counts of ID theft and financial fraud which are felonies and a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.
Markesha Blakely was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony. According to the arrest report, Ms. Blakely is employed by Hillsborough County.
As of late this afternoon (Monday) the duo was still in custody in the Camden County Jail.