Granger woman charged with identity theft

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Cindy Rae Karns (Marion County Jail intake photo)

Cindy Rae Karns (Bash), age 44 of Granger, has been charged with fraud and identity theft for allegedly opening a bank account in her son’s name.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was approached by the son, who lives in Marion County, about fraudulent accounts being established in his name on April 23, 2018. The suspect spoke with deputies on Oct. 15, 2018, and allegedly said she took out a credit card and opened a bank account in her son’s name because she could not otherwise receive credit. Bank records indicate that $13,000 in withdrawals had been made from the fraudulent account between March 2, 2018, and April 19, 2019.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the suspect is innocent until proven guilty. Court records show that the suspect was charged with identity theft in 2008, but the case was dismissed. A previous forgery charge was filed against her in 2005, which was also dismissed. She has been convicted of theft in the past, and in 2018, she was sentenced to probation for harassment of a public official.

Bond has been posted and she is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 12 at 9:30 a.m.

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