Case Quacked

Creativity and criminality often walk hand-in-hand:

(ATLANTA, GA) Two women remained jailed Tuesday after being arrested last week in an alleged identity theft scheme that targeted police officers and firefighters.

"The women advised that the city was changing its insurance options and offered AFLAC disability insurance, life insurance and health insurance supplements," Jones said. "The women solicited several officers and supervisors to fill out an application packet that included vital personal identification information for the employees, their spouses and children."

Jones said that when the women went to the APD Zone 1 precinct, a lieutenant began to question them, "and eventually ejected them from his precinct."

The lieutenant contacted the department's Personnel Unit, and learned from AFLAC's actual representative to the city that the women were not authorized to solicit information.

"At this point, Major Fraud and the Homeland Security/Intelligence units were contacted," Jones said.

"Ms. Pedone was reached by cell phone and she agreed to come to police headquarters and turn over the documents that she had, which she did," Jones said. "It was discovered that the second suspect was at the Embassy Suites Hotel near the airport. Major Fraud units went to the hotel to recover the documents that she had. She was located and transported back to headquarters."

...The women were taken to the Fulton County Jail, charged with multiple counts of identity theft and racketeering. They remained in jail Monday on $55,000 bond.

Jones said that 39 packets of personal information have been recovered.

Cooper said detectives were still trying to determine what the women intended to do with the personal information.

Personally, I think the case was cracked (or better yet "quacked") when one of the officers wanted a free squishy hand-held stress reducer of the AFLAC duck that those sales folks always carry by the truckload.

When the accused person could not produce the duck made famous by AFLAC in their commercials, the officers had no recourse but to launch an immediate investigation.

In sum: if in doubt, always ask for the freebies.
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Note: For those who do not know who the AFLAC duck is, here is a link with one of the commercials.


17 comments:

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Anything for free.

Kay G. said...

You might have said that about the duck in jest, but honestly, that could have happened! (Wait, if these women are from AFLAC, why don't they have a duck to give me.) Sometimes, it's the little things that you notice that makes all the difference.
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Miranda Hardy said...

I think you're probably correct. Lol

Pat Hatt said...

hahaha they were certainly brazin, should always carry a duck.

Ciara said...

A new level of stupidity. Getting busted by a duck just doesn't make for a tough enough story in jail.

messymimi said...

Glad they were caught, it wouldn't have been funny if they hadn't.

Now i want a duck.

Rhiannon said...

Haha 'quacked' you are too funny, Slam. Clever but funny :)

Lisa said...

Not sure it this scam was brazenly brilliant or incredibly stupid. I'm leaning to incredibly stupid since they were soliciting police officers! Freebies...always a sign of a legit business. :-)

Clarissa Draper said...

Oh, how sad. And yet provides such entertainment.

J.L. Campbell said...

Busted for the want of a duck. That's kinda funny. Bet those two never thought they'd be caught because of a freebie.

Momma Fargo said...

Ha. I love dem ducks. I always grab two. One for me...one for Bug. Is is evident...they will lose their quacker before the week with me in the patrol car.

James (SeattleDad) said...

I wonder if they let out a loud squawk when the police came to get them

Maxi said...

You really did it with this one, Slam. Thanks for my laugh of the day.
Blessings - Maxi

Cindy Beck, author said...

Ha! Love it that justice was served. And all by the AFLAC duck!

Thanks for an interesting post!

Unknown said...

If anybody doesn't know who the AFLAC duck is, I want their tv-free, untainted-by-commercialism life!! Great story, SD!

Kerry said...

This one "quacked me up" but gee, that was pretty gutsy to try and put one over on police officers! Crazy.

Anthony said...

Lol, maybe if you doubled the amount that you gave her...