FDLE arrests woman for identity theft

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has arrested a former employee of the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) following an investigation into allegations that she used the personal information of co-workers to obtain online loans. The FDOE discovered that Tiffanie Hooley, 29, had allegedly used her position as an accountant in their comptroller’s office to access state payroll records for the purpose of securing loans. Her employment at the FDOE was terminated in December. The FDOE turned the case over to FDLE and provided assistance throughout the investigation.

The investigation revealed that between July and December 2007, Hooley secured, or attempted to secure, at least nine loans totaling $6,700 through different online “payday” or “cash advance” lenders using the identities of three former or current FDOE employees. Once the loans were approved the funds were deposited directly into Hooley’s bank account through electronic transfer.

No state funds were misappropriated as a result of the scheme.

Hooley, from Tallahassee, surrendered herself at the Leon County Jail this morning and was charged with nine counts of criminal use of personal identification information (identity theft), a third-degree felony. Bond was set at $9,000. Each count carries a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison.

For more information, contact:

Michael Morrison
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Tallahassee
(850) 410-8258