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Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Fraud ring caught stealing from mail boxes

Fraud ring caught stealing from mail boxes

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga -- How often do you have to send a check in the mail and put the check in your mailbox for the mail carrier to pick up? This story may make you think about doing it again.

Investigators with the Forsyth County Sheriff Office broke up a massive fraud ring that was stealing people's identity from their mail boxes. They say the ring was stealing checks and credit card applications and using the information to create fraudulent checks, IDs, credit cards and licenses.

It began as a burglary investigation in August. While investigating that burglary Detectives developed information about the fraud ring that was operating out of a home on Commonwealth Trail in south Forsyth County.

Detectives kept surveillance on the home until they had enough information to get a search warrant.

Forsyth County ID fraud ring busted, 5 arrested

Forsyth County ID fraud ring busted, 5 arrested

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- An extensive identify theft investigation by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office resulted in five arrests.

Sheriff's spokesman Doug Rainwater said officials busted a large ID theft ring after executing a search warrant at a home in the 1700 block of Commonwealth Trail in Cumming.

It began in August as a burglary investigation, but quickly grew when the search warrant uncovered piles of evidence. Rainwater said deputies recovered stolen mail, counterfeit money, fraudulent checks and driver's licenses, credit cards and personal information on hundreds of victims.

Two Commonwealth Trail residents were arrested. Daniel Moss, 48, and Sandra Stepp, 46, were both charged with first-degree forgery, financial transaction card theft and manufacturing fictitious identification.

Woman sentenced for stealing $600K in government grants

Woman sentenced for stealing $600K in government grants

CUMMING, Ga. -- A Forsyth County woman will spend time in federal prison after being convicted of submitting fake government grant applications worth $600,000.

In addition to paying back all the money in restitution, 62-year-old Jessica Regas will serve one year and nine months in federal prison, and spend three years on supervised release.

Regas and her husband operated the Georgia Martial Arts Foundation in Cumming. In 2004, Regas applied for a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant that would allow her to create a coalition to help reduce substance abuse among young people in Forsyth County.

Forsyth County child molestation suspect arrested in Mexico

Forsyth County child molestation suspect arrested in Mexico

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A man wanted for drugging and assaulting teenage girls in Forsyth County has been arrested in Mexico.

Kenneth Dustin Grant was wanted by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office for failure to appear on charges of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, child molestation and sexual exploitation of children.

According to police, in November 2008, Grant drugged his children's teenage babysitter, then took photos of himself molesting her while she was unconscious. Investigators also uncovered pictures of a similar assault on the victim's older sister, as well as photos of other girls, in Grant's possession.

Grant was indicted in October 2009 and posted $75,000 bond in January 2010. He had a scheduled court hearing in September 2010, but did not attend. Police said Grant cut off his ankle monitor and threw it in Lake Lanier, then left the country.

17 drug ring members indicted

17 drug ring members indicted

(WXIA) -- A federal grand jury has indicted 17 members of a massive Mexican drug ring.

The defendants are accused of smuggling cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine to Georgia. Prosecutors said they also conspired to deliver a significant amount of drug money to Mexico.

According to information presented in federal court, Atenogenes Alvarado-Delgado runs the trafficking organization. His ring -- which includes his brother, Jose Alvarado-Delgado, and two associates -- used passenger buses to transport drugs from Mexico to the Atlanta area. Others would then unload the drugs and sell them in Georgia and Florida.

Since last October, law enforcement has seized much of the ring's wares in several busts, including:

* Oct. 8, 2013: 39 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Doraville

* Oct. 11, 2013: 165 pounds of methamphetamine during a search of an apartment on Cleburne Parkway in Hiram

Forsyth County Chase Bank robbery suspect arrested

Forsyth County Chase Bank robbery suspect arrested


CUMMING, Ga. -- A man accused of robbing a Forsyth County bank last week is now behind bars.

Stephen C. Plunkett was arrested at around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday on Ga. 400 in Forsyth County.

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