Local residents charged with identity theft, exploitation of elder

44 year-old Kathleen Davis of Mebane (right) has been charged with identity theft and other crimes in relation to the depletion of a 71 year-old victim's bank account following the deposit of her Social Security check. An investigation by the Alamance County Sheriff's Office found that Davis and her son, 20 year-old Joseph Faulk Ashley Jr. (left) used the victim’s Financial Transaction Card over the course of several days for purchases and removal of funds by way of local ATMs. 

A Mebane woman is one of two suspects arrested by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office this week on a range of identity theft and exploitation of elder trust charges. 

On August 5, a 71 year-old victim reported her Financial Transaction Card had been used over the course of several days and her bank account had been depleted immediately following her Social Security check having been posted to her account. 

The victim suspected Kathleen Marie Davis, who lived with the victim, along with Davis’s son, Joseph Faulk Ashley Jr., as being involved as Davis had previously stolen money from the victim. 

An investigation by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office found that Davis and her son Ashley used the victim’s Financial Transaction Card over the course of several days for purchases and removal of funds by way of local ATMs. Davis and Ashley had not been back to the victim’s residence since the funds and Financial Transaction Card had been discovered missing. 

Ashley and Davis were arrested two days after warrants were secured for charges of Identity Theft, obtaining Goods by False Pretense, Financial Card Theft, Trafficking in Stolen Identities, and Exploitation of Elder Trust. 

Ashley, a 20 year-old white male who lists 2511 McKinny Street in Burlington as his primary address, has been charged with six counts of identity theft, six counts of obtaining goods by false pretense, and one count of exploitation of elder trust. He was placed under a $150,000 secured bond. 

Davis is a 44 year-old white female who lists 3456 Corbett Rd in Mebane as her primary address. She has been charged with two counts of identity theft, two counts of obtaining goods by false pretense, one count of financial card theft, one count of trafficking in stolen identities, and one count of exploitation of elder trust. Davis was placed under a $50,000 secured bond.