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Former UGA student, employee fired for identity fraud

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ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY (CBS46) -

The University of Georgia Police Chief, Jimmy Williamson, said a former student violated the trust of all students and alumni when Derrick Leon Henderson stole personal information from the registrar's office where he was employed.

Since last month, Williamson said they started receiving multiple reports of identity fraud, and financial transaction frauds. During their month long investigation, Williamson said they were able to work with multiple jurisdictions and identified Henderson as the suspect.

Williamson said Henderson was stealing information on paper files for current and former students as well as UGA alumni.

Williamson said part of Henderson's job was to process paperwork in the registrar's office.

"We have had no electronic breach here," Williamson said. "This was a paper breach where someone was employed, authorized to be there, but used it for the wrong methods."

Henderson, according to investigators, opened up 19 fraudulent credit card accounts using the stolen information and purchased anything from electronics to high end clothing.

"All the things someone would want, but would have to save up for," Williamson said.

An incident report from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office shows that Henderson opened up two credit card accounts from a UGA alum.

According to the report, in January "the victim ordered her college transcript from the registrar's office at the University of Georgia on their UGA website. She used all her personal information including her social security number to order the transcript. She believes the suspect may be a student worker at UGA."

Williamson said the information from multiple suspects led them to Henderson as their prime suspect.

"It was like a giant jig-saw puzzle we had to put together," Williamson said. "We couldn't have done it without the help of multiple jurisdictions."

Henderson bonded out of the Jackson County Jail. Now, Williamson said he needs to turn himself into the Athens-Clarke County Jail on 61 felony warrants for identity fraud and financial transaction card fraud.

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