Birmingham, AL 04/16/2018
36-year-old Candice Cherie Martin of Birmingham was arrested last week for Trafficking Methamphetamine during a narcotics investigation into the distribution of illegal drugs in north eastern Jefferson County.
During a subsequent search of the vehicle Martin had been riding in investigators discovered two notebooks containing the identifying information of at least ten people from Jefferson County. The information included names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and financial documents.
When detectives questioned Martin about the notebooks she said they were hers and that she had the records because she was a tax preparer.
The notebooks were sent to the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigative Unit. The investigator was able to determine that the records were being used by Candice Martin to obtain, loans, credit cards, and fraudulent tax refunds.
Sheriff’s Detectives began contacting the people who were listed in the notebook and learned that they did not know Candice Martin and there was no reason for her to have their financial information.
Detectives presented this information to the District Attorney’s Office and an arrest warrant was issued formally charging Candice Martin with Trafficking in Stolen Identities for Financial Gain. The bond in this case was set at $25,000. She remains in the Jefferson County Jail.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.