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Woman allegedly uses company ID numbers to set up fake cell phone accounts

Jai Joseph (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Jai Joseph (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Investigators said a woman is accused of helping set up fake cell phone accounts that cost a company more than $30,000.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Jai Joseph, 45, of Baton Rouge, was arrested Thursday.

Deputies said she and another person opened two fraudulent cellular accounts with AT&T using the identification numbers of legitimate businesses.

They added the pair ordered 41 phones that were charged to those fake accounts, costing the store $32,349.59.

Detectives noted Joseph is accused of "executing a similar scheme" in Pearl, Mississippi.

They added Joseph was arrested in the past for allegedly using the tax identification number of a business to take delivery of two cell phones.

The name of her alleged partner was not released.

Authorities reported she is also accused of using another person's information to open credit card accounts at department stores in Baton Rouge.

Joseph was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on theft and identity theft charges. Prison records show she was released Thursday after posting $32,500 bond.

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