CALHOUN COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — An independent contractor who delivered the Anniston Star newspaper has been arrested and accused of taking subscribers’ mail and stealing their identity.
The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office says on Oct. 12, a woman got an email from Wells Fargo indicating a new account had been opened. She hadn’t opened a new account, so she checked with the bank and found all her personal information had been used to open the account. She reported the identity theft to the sheriff’s office.
Sheriff Matthew Wade says the discovered Kimberly Marion Devoe was taking mail out of mailboxes while delivering the Anniston Star. Investigators recovered mail from 35 different individuals.
47-year-old Devoe, of Piedmont, was arrested for identity theft. Additional charges are pending, Wade says. The investigation is ongoing.
We have reached out to the Anniston Star for comment. Their operations manager Dennis Dunn gave us the following statement:
The Star takes the allegations against our now former independent contractor seriously. Her contract was terminated as soon as we learned of these criminal charges. We are taking further steps to ensure all of our independent contractors meet the company’s high standards.