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Drug charges lead to ID fraud bust


  • By Clay Neely
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  • Apr. 23, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Drug charges lead to ID fraud bust

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Police display printers, laptops, mail from Coweta County residences, business checks, Social Security cards, altered checks, and other items used to manufacture fraudulent checks by means of identity theft found inside the home of Ashline.

A Newnan man on parole for identity fraud is back in jail facing similar charges.

Jeremy Michael Ashline, 39, is charged with identity fraud and forgery, along with several other drug charges including possession of meth with intent to distribute.

Ashline was arrested in his home on Glover Circle after members of the Coweta County Crime Suppression Unit received information about drug activity inside the home, according to Inv. Taylor Helton with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

Inside the home, investigators seized a large amount of methamphetamine, along with heroin, clonazepam, scales, and baggies, according to Helton.

In Ashline's bedroom, investigators reportedly found a television monitoring multiple cameras outside the house.

Multiple printers, laptops, mail from Coweta County residences, business checks, Social Security cards, altered checks, and other items used to manufacture fraudulent checks by means of identity theft were also found inside the home, according to Inv. Bobby Crowdis.

Ashline was charged with violation of parole, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of heroin, narcotics possession, and failure to appear.

This isn’t the first time Ashline has been in trouble with the law for identity fraud.

On January 17, 2017, police attempted to serve a warrant on Ashline, who was caught hiding from police under a pontoon boat.

Police said he was found in possession of several counterfeit $5 bills, fraudulent checks, fake I.D.’s, and the tax and credit card information of several individuals.

Prosecutors said he used at least one victim’s name and Social Security number to apply for credit cards. In August 2017, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced 15 years to serve five in prison on charges of identity fraud, forgery andprinting fake checks.

In November 2018, Ashline was paroled after serving one year of his sentence. He’s currently being held without bond at the Coweta County Jail.

Investigators warn citizens to avoid becoming identity fraud victims by keeping an eye on their mailboxes, gathering mail as soon as possible, and remaining vigilant about protecting personal information.