Couple accused of defrauding 300 victims

DULUTH - A man and woman already awaiting trial on identity theft charges in Greene County are now charged in Gwinnett with defrauding nearly 300 victims - including individuals, businesses and banks - in multiple jurisdictions.

Laborah Milison Crawford, 28, is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail and is not cooperating in the investigation, police said. Police are looking for 33-year-old Brian Augustus Dalyrimple, who they believe disappeared with a child he and Crawford share.

The investigation began Dec. 2 police said, when a California resident called Duluth authorities about possible identity fraud in the amount of $12,000. The complainant said someone had opened a checking and credit card account in Duluth in their name.

Police soon discovered another victim in Arizona. They said their investigation led them to photos of Crawford and Dalyrimple, as well as information that illegally obtained merchandise had been delivered to a local address.

"We established a connection between this address and another residence within the same apartment complex," Duluth police Capt. M. A. Hunter said. "Both appeared to have been leased through fraudulent information and identities."

Police served search warrants on both residences on Jan. 2. In one of the apartments, they said, they found evidence of fraud including:

· Drivers' licenses from several states, in many different names.

· Fraudulently obtained credit cards.

· Documents for bank loans.

· Checking and savings accounts in fraudulent names.

· Account and routing numbers belonging to legitimate accounts.

Crawford was arrested at the scene, police said.

Authorities believe the pair is responsible for at least $1 million in financial loss.

Interviews are pending with two additional subjects, police said, and the investigation is ongoing.