Jasper fraud investigation nets 2

          A Jasper couple may face federal charges in an identify theft investigation.

          Jasper police started looking into reports of fraudulent activity on bank accounts of Jasper residents about a month ago.  The Dubois County Free Press is also reporting that people reported that outgoing mail containing bills being paid by check may have been stolen.

          After viewing surveillance video, a woman, Lindsay Hammer was identified.  Later a storage facility was the location of alleged suspicious activity and police learned Mrs. Hammer and Michael Hammer of West 44th in Jasper were associated with the facility. 

          After finding Mr. Hammer, it was discovered that the couple were allegedly involved in creating false ID’s and counterfeit checks.  Hundreds of people from Indiana and other states may have been victims of the couple’s actions. Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stolen items are allegedly involved. 

          Jasper police are asking residents to call them if they have fraudulent activity on bank statements or if their bills did not reach their destination.  They also ask that people check rented storage facilities to make sure everything is secure. 

          The couple faces numerous charges.  Information has been forwarded to the Secret Service and Postal Departments as federal crimes may have been committed.


Photo from Dubois County Free Press