Mail box thefts lead to 31 identity fraud charges against Fayetteville woman, 43

(L) Brenda Dickens. (R) Laura Duke. Photos/Fayette County Jail.
(L) Brenda Dickens. (R) Laura Duke. Photos/Fayette County Jail.

Newnan woman, 40, facing 7 counts of using a stolen credit card — 

A Fayetteville woman is in jail on 31 counts of fraud after going into people’s mailboxes and using their personal information to open accounts or to create new checks.

Brenda H. Dickens, 43, was charged with 31 counts of financial identity fraud and nine counts of elder abuse, according to Fayette County Jail records.  

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Fraud Unit had been on the trail for a few months, arresting Dickens on June 8.

Sheriff Barry Babb said Dickens had driven through the county, stealing checks and mail containing personal information.

One of the tactics employed by Dickens was to take that information, then use it to open an account in the victim’s name. With stolen checks, she would take the routing number and account number, then recreate new checks, Babb said.  

The elder abuse charges stem from some of the victims being over age 65.

Another arrest dealing with fraud came on June 4 when 40-year-old Newnan resident Laura L. Duke was charged with seven counts of financial transaction card fraud, seven counts of computer fraud, two counts of giving a false name and one count of elder abuse, said Babb.

In this case, the victim misplaced a credit card and reported it in mid-May. Duke, who had no relation to the victim, came into possession of the card, Babb explained.

Babb said the card was used on several occasions, with the investigation of the fraudulent activity leading detectives to Duke.


  1. Aw Mrs. Haddocks most folks need a belly full to vomit…maybe he was not “topped off” by this crime.
    No matter, I find his comments to be what most hardworking, older, angry folks feel about the perfs who come to PTC.

    • Of course you enjoy his commentary – you both are two peas in a pod. Splashing Pebble spends a good majority of his/her time bashing African Americans while saying nothing about his white counterparts. Whenever there is a pic of an AA included with a crime article, you two are usually the first to start throwing insults, slurs, and imitating lingo you suspect the perps use. Yet, when someone white commits a crime, Splashing Pebble rarely comments or if he/she does, makes an excuse that it was the “drugs” and they need counseling/help. You seem to condemn many criminals black or white and, of course, I see nothing wrong with that. That isn’t my point. This isn’t about giving criminals a pass. It’s about unduly targeting one demographic over another with your inflammatory commentary.

      You’ll deny of course, and belittle my comments because it’s too difficult for you or Splashing Pebble to take ownership of your actions. Grow up. Crime for 2021 was down in our area. I don’t know what it is currently. As much as you like to think we’re in a bubble, we are not insulated from crime. Crime is everywhere. Why do you think criminals come here? Because the opportunities are endless. It’s easy picking. Sure, be mad about it. I don’t know how you think commenting about it while using racial undertones on “The Citizen” is going to help. And yeah, I have no earthly idea what you’re s’mores comments are all about. Maybe you can explain what that’s supposed to mean.