Georgia Woman Charged with Over 200 Counts of Theft and Forgery for Crimes Committed Over 2-Year Span

by Xara Aziz
Bibb County Sheriff’s Office

A Georgia woman is currently behind bars after being accused of theft and forgery.

According to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, 36-year-old Crystal Denise Brown was arrested and detained Tuesday shortly after 1 PM.

She is charged with 104 counts of theft by conversion, 104 counts of forgery in the third degree and 12 counts of computer forgery from crimes she allegedly committed from 2020 to 2022.

According to 41 NBC, the suspect has been accused of mishandling multiple money order payments for rent from tenants while employed at McAfee Towers on Gray Highway.

No further details have been released but the Sheriff’s Office says an investigation is underway.

The news comes on the heels of a similar story that broke in February when a top member of a notorious Florida-based gang called “Felony Lane Gang” was captured, arrested and charged after being found traveling throughout the country using stolen identities to commit financial fraud.

North Syracuse police found Janel M. Cavallero, 45, in New York and charged her with “stealing approximately $19,780 from various Empower FCU branches in Onondaga County, according to New York State Police. The Maine native was arraigned on Feb. 17 and has since been released on her recognizance under New York State bail laws.

“Felony Lane Gang” has been in operation for years, according to a 2020 USA Today report. They are known to specifically target “moms across the country” in “parking lots where people will be away from their cars for a significant amount of time —such as gym or mall parking lots, or a park where children’s sports games are being played.”

Once the cars are left unattended for long periods of time, male members of the gang perform “smash ‘n grabs,” which entails breaking car windows and stealing purses in the car, according to police records.

The purses are then handed over to the female members of the gang, who will steal any cash, credit cards or checks found. The women “often wear wigs while sitting in the farthest drive-thru lane to avoid detection – which is where the Felony Lane Gang gets its name from,” police say.

Cavallero was charged with the following:

  • (1) count of Grand Larceny 3rd degree, class “D” felony
  • (3) counts of Forgery 2nd  degree, class “D” felony
  • (9) counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree, class “D” felony
  • (8) counts of Identity Theft 1st degree, class “D” felony                 
  • (3) counts of Identity Theft 2nd degree, class “E” felony
  • (8) counts of Falsifying business records 1st degree, class “E” felony

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