Seneca PD breaks open major fraud case

A former worker at a Seneca lending office has been implicated in a case of fraud in which, the police say, members of the public were told to pay up on loans forged in their names. The police have announced 149 charges against Angela Denise Simpson. The Webb Heights Circle resident faces 74 counts of forgery, 74 counts of financial identity fraud, and one charge of breach of trust. The police say they started their investigation when two people, on separate occasions in November, complained that they had received letters from Always Money, advising them they were behind on loan payments—loans they did not take out. Investigators contacted Always Money’s corporate office in Alabama and requested an internal investigation. That investigation, the police say, revealed an employee had compromised the identity of 60 potential victims in the amount of nearly $87 thousand by accessing old files and using information from those files to create fraudulent loans. The investigators say they were able to confirm that all victims had paid off Always Money loans within the last five years. Simpson turned herself over to authorities yesterday at the police station.