Jacksonville Legal Aid worker accused of stealing clients’ identities

Paul Pinkham reports:

A receptionist for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid surrendered Tuesday on charges she stole the identities of at least 20 clients and used the information to obtain thousands of dollars’ worth of payday loans.

Tashannyo Adena Medley remained free on unsecured bail and was ordered to be in court Monday to answer charges of fraud and identity theft.


Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Director Michael Figgins said he contacted authorities in February after learning Medley’s office computer had made frequent visits to online payday loan sites.

Authorities estimated she got about $11,000 worth of loans using the Social Security numbers of his office’s clients, who by definition are poor.

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