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Six arrested in fraud case

ALBANY, Ga. -- In a computerized scheme, about five people got paid without working at an Albany company, said an Albany Police Department official.

Two employees of JR's Loving Care Service Inc. executed a payroll scam for the past five years at a cost of $15,000 to the business, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman.

"The two used personal information of approximately five or six individuals who did not work for the business," Banks said. "They added them to the payroll."

The phantom employees were issued paychecks without ever being employed, Banks said. The checks were cashed and two real company employees got a hefty split, she added.

Police arrested company employees Chandra Reid Thomas, 29, and Hjuana Florence, 25, on Monday. They were responsible for the fraud at the business, Banks said.

As of 6:30 p.m. Monday, fake employees Cheryl Jones, 39, Vanessa Simpkins, 19, T'Kia Jackson, 18, and Kisa Porter, 38, were also arrested for receiving the checks, Banks added.

"They are a party to the crime at the business that oversees certified nursing assistance at 1128 Dawson Road," Banks said.

All four are charged with 10 counts each of computer forgery and computer theft, Banks said. The case remains under investigation by the financial crimes unit and additional charges and arrests are expected, she said.