“Selfie” lands fraud suspect in jail

Tanya Monique Peel from her Facebook profile (Courtesy of APD)
Tanya Monique Peel from her Facebook profile (Courtesy of APD)

A woman wanted for fraud has been arrested with the aid of a “selfie” photo posted to her own Facebook page, according to Atlanta Police. Tanya Monique Peel, 26, was arrested Thursday and charged with felony theft by taking. Police were able to match the ID she used to set up a fake bank account with video and photos posted to Peel to the social media site (including the one pictured)

According to the APD, Peel opened a business account at a JP Morgan Chase Bank in Atlanta last December. The business did not really exist and the account was created to facilitate the theft of $123,000, which was stolen from an investment account with Charles Schwab.

On Dec. 19, 2013 a Charles Schwab account holder’s identity was stolen and the perpetrator was able to use that to steal $123,000 from the account and move the money to the account set up at JP Morgan Chase by Tanya Peel. She immediately withdrew the funds from the Chase account and disappeared.

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