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Woman Living as Minnesota Resident Jailed on Dozens of Fraud and Forgery Charges

BROOKSVILLE – A Spring Hill Woman is behind bars this evening, after she cashed dozens of fraudulent checks under the assumed identity of a Minnesota resident. According to officials, On August 14th 2015, Donna Lipidarov, the Branch Manager at a local Capital City Bank, notified Hernando County Sheriff’s detectives that a customer, Julie Ryan, had deposited several checks into her own account. The checks did not clear and had been written on a closed Region’s Bank account, also in Ryan’s name.

Records at Capital City Bank revealed that Ryan lived in an apartment complex in Spring Hill and conducted business inside the bank on a regular basis.

During the investigation, Ryan was identified as a current resident of Minnesota, not Spring Hill.  Hernando County detectives requested Minnesota law enforcement officers to respond to Ryan’s current address, where it was discovered that she had not been to Florida in many years and had never been to Hernando County.  Ryan also advised that she never had a Capital City Bank or Regions Bank account.

Early in the investigation, contact was made with the management at Hibiscus Springs Apartment Complex, which is the address where Ryan was believed to be residing.  Detectives learned that a person by the name of Julie Ryan had rented an apartment at the complex but had recently been evicted.  The apartment was rented using personal identification information from Julie Ryan.  During the eviction process, the name Angela Brown was discovered.

With help from Minnesota authorities, Hernando County detectives obtained possible identification information on 36-year-old Angela Brown.

Hernando County Detectives contacted Ryan, who said in 2014 she attempted to rent a house from Brown but the deal fell through.  During that process, Brown requested copies of Ryan’s Driver’s License and Social Security Card, which were provided to her.

Records obtained from Capital City Bank and Regions Bank confirmed that accounts at both banks were opened using Ryan’s identity.  An additional SunTrust account was also identified.  Detectives learned that Brown opened a Post Office Box and a utilities account using Ryan’s personal identification information.  The bank accounts were used by the suspect on a daily basis for miscellaneous purchases and to utter fraudulent checks between banks, according to officials.

Video evidence was obtained from several banks depicting Brown opening the accounts and conducting numerous fraudulent transactions.  Numerous witnesses positively identified Angela Brown as the individual portraying herself as Julie Ryan and subsequently conducting business within Hernando County.

Officials say, at the conclusion of the investigation it was determined that Angela Brown was residing in Hernando County, living an alternate life under the stolen identity of Julie Ryan for approximately eight months.  Probable cause was established for Brown’s arrest and a warrant was obtained on October 10th 2015. At some point during the investigation, Brown fled back to Minnesota, where she was subsequently located and arrested. Yesterday, Brown was extradited back to Hernando County and booked into County Jail on 5-counts of Criminal Use of Personal Information, 16-counts of Forgery, and one count of organized Fraud. Brown remains behind bars – held on an $84,000 bond.

The investigation continues, as additional accounts opened by Brown in Julie Ryan’s name are still being identified.

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  • Came with a new name and gave yourself credit super lame what a bum

    Thursday, 7 January 2016, 3:50 am
  • POS

    Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 10:10 pm
  • @Lame quit while you are behind. You are only making yourself look worse. It appears you are a bit uneducated so stick to hooked on phonics and leave the news and comment sections to the adults. @workssoyoudonthaveto keep up the good work someone needs to help educate Angela Brown’s sister. LMAO

    Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 9:56 pm
  • If Obama had a sister. …

    Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 9:14 pm
  • You have no income you have comments lame bum

    Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 7:38 pm
  • I’ll come back to this later, I need to drop a few batches of fries in, and build a few whoppers. The supervisor is getting mad, been on the phone too long.

    Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 7:19 pm
  • Lmao!!! You keep making this better and better; you’re either the worst troll I’ve ever seen, or completely incapable of reading comprehension. This is so comical, can we continue? I won’t have to spend some of my disposable income at side splitters this weekend after all.

    Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 6:49 pm
  • So your def intelligent you sure didnt know the difference between a lame and a lamb

    Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 6:37 pm
  • Its okay lame your getting maddd

    Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 6:30 pm
  • Lmao.. Ok “Def Lame” thanks for again proving your ineptitude. The correct “your” would have been you’re meaning “you are”… You can continue with your attempts at making me look lame, but again I strongly urge you to use the English language correctly that way you have a better shot at getting your point across. I’m o.k. With being called lame, especially by someone who isn’t capable of constructing a paragraph without obvious Grammatical errors. You aren’t even using the word “lame” correctly, as lame is a description of something, not a noun. I’ll assume you attempted to call me a lamb, since it’s only one letter off. Technically that would have made better sense? Except that I’m <<< (btw correct I'm) unfamiliar with someone calling another person a lamb.. What do I know? Clearly the difference between your and you're. Have a great night.

    Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 5:40 pm
  • Poor grammar because i used is instead of your. okay your such a lame reread your comment either your lame or have no life and wanted to write a funny comment which by the way was lame

    Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 2:48 pm
  • “Lame” did you really manage to type 4 words with poor grammar? Yeah, and I’m the lame one..

    Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 9:52 am
  • She looks like one of the Wayans brothers without makeup!

    Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 8:05 am
  • This one need to be buried in a landfill as soon as possible along with all the other garbage to eliminate future problems.

    Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 7:57 am
  • She probably took the real Julie Ryan’s info and had a fake I.d. made… people do do that. Some people are a little too oblivious to the world..

    Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 7:44 am
  • Thanks Tom!, It’s a wonder people/places still take checks at all!!, I’m sure checking accounts will be the thing of the past pretty soon, good reporting!

    Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 10:23 pm
  • She probably stole identity from a deceased person. That happens A LOT! Scumbag! ?

    Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 9:19 pm
  • Good job HCSO she is low life piece of crape

    Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 9:14 pm
  • Worksoyoudonthaveto is such a lame

    Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 7:46 pm
  • Glad to see our law enforcement agencies didn’t just let her slide because she was out of state. Criminals are everywhere!

    Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 6:57 pm
  • Why didn’t they leave her where she was? Doesn’t Hernando County have enough of their own garbage to store at the local jail?

    Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 6:39 pm
  • If she has shoes they are probably stolen and not even hers, lowlife is where she belongs. Poor woman out of state now has to worry about getting her life back together after her identity was stolen and probably works hard with little time to do so.

    Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 5:53 pm
  • workssoyoudonthaveto, You nailed it! She is wonderful. LOL!

    Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 5:34 pm
  • No she’s an ugly b***h that is a professional “mooch”!

    Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 5:30 pm
  • Free rent,food, and no checks needed! great!

    Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 5:22 pm
  • What i dont understand is how can she open a bank account and utility’s accounts ect.just with photo copies of id.seems like alot of bussiness also dropped the ball be curious as to the dollar amount that has been stolen.and is the real lady gonna have to pay to get this all straightened out and off her credit reports.

    Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 5:19 pm
  • LOL!!!! Her hair is high and tight probably wearing a wig for a disguise as well

    Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 5:16 pm
  • LOL^^^ You hit the nail right on the head 🙂

    Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 5:14 pm
  • Workssoyoudon’thaveto….should we pull out our violins now lol?? 😀
    Love your post.

    Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 5:10 pm
  • Does her picture just scream I am stupid do can I get one of those stickers I Be Stupid with a gold star. What a dummy. Good show HCSO

    Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 5:05 pm
  • Let me guess…. Someone knows her.. “She’s a good person”, “we don’t know her”, “we shouldn’t judge”…. Am I right? I also forgot the “she’s going through a tough time”, and the ever famous. “You should walk a mile in her shoes” lmao!!

    Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 5:02 pm

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