published Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Police: Man stole IDs from 10,000 and other Chattanooga area news

Police: Man stole IDs from 10,000

ATLANTA -- A DeKalb County, Ga., man has been arrested and charged with stealing the identities of up to 10,000 people and filing fraudulent tax returns that cost the government hundreds of thousands of dollars, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Clyde Chavo, 39, allegedly ran the scam out of a house in an upscale neighborhood off North Druid Hills Road. He surrendered at DeKalb County Magistrate Court on Wednesday, was charged with five counts of identity theft/fraud and was released on $50,000 bond Thursday, according to DeKalb jail records.

Investigators said Chavo used real people's identities to create fake businesses and filed as many as 10,000 bogus tax returns. Police searched the home in recent weeks and said they found personal information for thousands of victims.

Neighbors said they became suspicious over an unusual amount of traffic at the man's home.

"There were different cars going in and out," resident Aaron Linzer said. "I'm surprised about that in this neighborhood, because it's just a good neighborhood."

Chavo's landlord alerted authorities after he spotted big stacks of mail that didn't belong to the man.


Freedom Fest set for June 29

LAFAYETTE, Ga. -- Johnny Cash Now, a Johnny Cash tribute band, will headline LaFayette's Freedom Festival on June 29.

Also on the bill is Music City Brass, a local band whose repertoire includes Dixieland jazz, gospel and classic country favorites. The event also will feature entertainment, food and activities vendors. An old-timers' baseball game begins at 7 p.m., and the pool will be open for a free swim from 7 to 9 p.m. Fireworks will begin about 10 p.m.

With an expected crowd of about 5,000, the annual Freedom Festival is the city's largest event.

Admission is free; the city and the LaFayette Women's Club are sponsoring the event.

For more information, call the LaFayette Parks and Recreation Department at 706-639-1590.


Man found guilty of killing wife

WINDER, Ga. -- A Winder man has been found guilty of killing his wife, whose body was found in a Georgia well.

Barrow County Clerk of Superior Court Regina McIntyre said a jury on Thursday found James Lynn Jr., 42, guilty of murder, felony murder and aggravated assault.

The Gwinnett Daily Post reported Lynn was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Authorities said his wife, Tonya Faye Lynn, was found in the well about 20 to 30 feet below ground in July. An autopsy found that she died of injuries from blunt force trauma.

Police have said they began investigating after relatives reported the 38-year-old woman missing.

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