Rutherford County couple arrested in Mississippi for identity theft

Jason and Tarsha Johnson (Courtesy: TBI)

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A couple from Rutherford County was arrested in Mississippi on outstanding charges of identity theft from Tennessee.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said Monday they began investigating Jason and Tarsha Johnson on July 14.

During the investigation, the TBI says they learned the couple went into several Wilson Bank and Trust branches in Rutherford County and showed fake IDs and Social Security numbers to open bank accounts. The crimes reportedly occurred during March and June this year.

Agents reportedly learned Tarsha Johnson deposited fraudulent checks and withdrew the money before the bank found them to be fraudulent.

Each was indicted on five counts of identity theft on Oct. 5, and Tarsha Johnson was also charged iwh theft of over $1,000 and criminal simulation.

According to the TBI, on Dec. 10, 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 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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