NASHVILLE – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in a Rutherford County couple being taken into custody in Mississippi on outstanding charges of identity theft from Tennessee.                                                                  

At the request of 16th District Attorney General Jennings Jones, on July 14th, TBI Special Agents began investigating 36-year Jason Dewayne Johnson and his wife, 39-year-old Tarsha Nicole Johnson, both of Rutherford County. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that between March and June of 2016, the couple went to several Wilson Bank and Trust bank branches in Rutherford County, where they presented stolen IDs and provided fraudulent Social Security numbers to open bank accounts. The investigation revealed that Tarsha Johnson deposited a fraudulent check and withdrew the money before the bank determined the check to be fraudulent.

On October 5th, the Rutherford County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Jason Johnson with five counts of identity theft, and Tarsha Johnson with five counts of identity theft, one count of criminal simulation and one count of theft over $1,000. On December 10th, Tarsha and Jason Johnson were arrested at a Walmart in Gulfport, Mississippi. Jason Johnson was brought back to Tennessee on unrelated charges. He was booked into the Rutherford County Jail, and Agents served him with the capias on the identity theft charges. He is being held on a $75,000 bond. Tarsha Johnson was booked at the Harris County Jail in Mississippi, where she remains on a fugitive warrant while awaiting extradition back to Tennessee.

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