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Tuesday, July 05, 2022
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Man accused of stealing thousands of dollars while in jail

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An Alachua County Jail inmate arrested for credit card fraud was caught committing the same crime behind bars Wednesday, deputies said.

Justin Lee Williams, 28, of Joelton, Tennessee, is accused of stealing about $2,800 to add to his commissary and phone account in late August, according to an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Several people called Williams to give him credit card numbers, expiration dates, security codes and billing address zip codes during the last week of August, the report said.

On Aug. 23, a woman called Williams twice to give him credit card information, deputies said. Williams used one card to add $300 to his commissary and $50 to his phone account and another to add $1,350 to his phone account.

Williams called another woman multiple times over the next couple days to talk about finding card numbers to use, deputies said. At one point, Williams told the woman, “Don’t do anything to kill the card, or I’ll kill you.”

He also attempted to bond out two other inmates with the stolen information, the report said.

Williams was charged with 20 counts of identity theft, nine counts of committing fraud under $300, three counts of committing fraud of $300 or more and one count each of providing false information, possessing five or more identities and possessing multiple counterfeit credit cards, the report said. He remains in jail in lieu of a $760,000 bond.

Contact Jessica Curbelo at jcurbelo@alligator.org and follow her on Twitter at @jesscurbelo

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