HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Two employees of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety have been arrested, accused of federal identity theft.
U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis says 48-year-old Yolanda Jean Perkins, of Laurel, and 55-year-old Deborah Payton Stewart, of Waynesboro, each face two counts of conspiracy to commit identity theft and one count of identity theft. Davis says the women were arrested and arraigned on the federal indictment Wednesday. It was not immediately known whether either woman has an attorney.
If convicted of all charges, they face up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Davis, in a news release, said the case is the result of an investigation by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations. He did not provide details of their alleged scheme.